Many Olympic hockey athletes were planning to retire in 2020 after the Tokyo Games. However, the pandemic scuppered their plans by pushing the international competition back a year.
The Dragflick have rounded up the hockey stars who have stepped down following their final Olympic Games this summer.
Three of the German regular players – captain and defender Tobias Hauke, striker Florian Fuchs and midfielder Martin Haner – announced the end of their international careers.
New Zealand Hockey
New Zealander Shea McAlesse, a defense attorney, has too, announced the end of his international careers.
Great Britain Hockey
British captain Adam Dixon also gave up after his team was eliminated in the quarter-finals, where they lost to India.
In women’s hockey, the tireless midfielder Susannah Townsend of Great Britain and England ended her 13-year career playing 188 games after adding a bronze medal to her gold, won in 2016.
Pedro Ibarra, along with Juan Manuel Vivaldi and Juan Martín López, announced their retirement after finishing their participation in the Olympic Games. All three were gold in Rio de Janeiro.
South Africa Hockey
South african veteran goalkeeper Rassie Pieterse, and heartthrobe Austin Smith too have announced the end of their international careers.