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- SA males’s hockey coach Garreth Ewing believes that his facet obtaining an elusive Olympic medal is “now not now not doable”.
- Then every other time, he’s life like about their probabilities, and hopes South Africa can advance through to the knockout stages in Tokyo.
- Ewing emphasised the importance of July’s Olympics, pointing out that it would lay a foundation for future most necessary events.
South African males’s hockey coach Garreth Ewing admits that winning an Olympic Video games medal in Tokyo this Twelve months is “somewhat a stretch” however he believes that it be now not now not doable.
In 2019, the males’s facet booked their situation for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics by clinching the African Hockey “Road to Tokyo 2020” qualifying Cup in Stellenbosch.
As they had been in 2016 earlier than the Rio Video games, despite the very fact that they licensed for Tokyo 2021, SA’s Olympic mother physique Sascoc has the final convey on whether or now not they will ship a hockey crew to the Video games.
Then every other time, the SA males’s hockey crew is doing everything they presumably can to ship a crew to Tokyo by launching a crowdfunding advertising campaign.
Earlier this month, the crew launched a crowdfunding advertising campaign with the support of the award-winning platform Matchkit.co.
The SA males’s crew are having a stare to make a selection out between R3.5 million and R5 million to financially support the crew outdated to and all over the Tokyo Video games.
South Africa, who’re at video display 14th on this planet, are drawn in Pool B in Tokyo alongside world champions Belgium, Tall Britain, Germany, Netherlands and Canada.
Chatting with Sport24 in an interview, Ewing hopes his facet can have the “now not doable” at the final note global carrying tournament of the Twelve months.
“It is also somewhat a stretch for us [to win a medal] however it no doubt’s now not now not doable. Or now not it is in actuality about how smartly we attain in our pool fits, which is where our ultimate command lies.”
Since readmission, the males’s facet has by no technique evolved through to the knockout stages. Then every other time, Ewing has pudgy self assurance his facet can growth extra than the pool stages.
“I’m very assured that we are succesful of compete at a excessive stage in each game and even that is an achievement internal itself. Every match goes to be indispensable for us,” stated Ewing.
“My aspiration is to uncover out of the pool and when we’re into the knockout rounds then fully the relaxation can happen. Even that already locations us forward and may maybe also merely give us an mountainous enhance in phrases of the rankings.”
Ewing says that this Twelve months’s Video games is all in preparation for completely different most necessary tournaments for the younger facet, which encompass subsequent Twelve months’s Commonwealth Video games.
“We’re dreaming of giant success and it be now not now not doable however we’re life like in terms of laying the foundation for the 2023 Hockey World Cup and for the 2024 Paris Olympics,” he stated.
“If I stare at the crew that is doubtlessly going to transfer, 11 or 12 of the guys are very very without problems unruffled going to be younger ample to compete in Paris. So, you would maybe maybe also believe the skills we will amass towards Paris, where we will be seen as contenders on fable of that’s indispensable.”
The rescheduled Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to bustle from 24 July to 8 August.
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