Host Nation Brazil men have qualified for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Brazil defeated USA in a shoot-out in the quarter finals of the Pan Am Games this morning, thereby qualifying for the semi-final and additionally confirming their place in the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Brazil’s place in the semi-final at the Pan Am Games satisfies the host nation participation criteria established by IOC and FIH. Having qualified for their continental championship - the Pan Am Games, Brazil then had to achieve a top six finish. Qualification for the semi-finals ensures at least fourth place for Brazil and they take their place in the 12 team line-up in Rio next summer.
Brazil men join the six teams (Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Australia, Belgium and Great Britain) who qualified for Rio 2016 at the recent Hockey World League Semi-Final events in Buenos Aires and Antwerp.
Brazil men will be the sole host nation team taking part in the hockey event as Brazil women failed to achieve the qualification criteria. New Zealand women who came fourth at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Antwerp take the qualification place as per the qualification process.
The remaining four Olympic places (men and women) will not be finalised until after the Continental Championships which finish in October this year. For more information on the qualifying process and to track who has qualified, click here for the men and here for the women.