The Canadian women’s field hockey teams are ready to battle it out against the Irish women’s hockey team to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The Canadian women made the Olympic qualifier by virtue of their runner-up finish at the FIH Hockey Series Finals in June in Valencia, Spain.
They have done it the hard way, raising money to pay for their training and trips after they lost their Own The Podium funding.
The Olympic qualifying draw was made Monday at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Canada’s women have sat out the last six Olympics, last competing in 1992 when they finished seventh in Barcelona in their third trip to the Games.
The Canadian men, in their seventh Olympic appearance, finished 11th in 2016 at the Rio Games.
In other women’s qualifying series, it’s Australia vs. Russia in Perth, China vs. Belgium in Changzhou, Spain vs. South Korea in Valencia, India vs. the U.S. in Bhubaneswar, Germany vs. Italy in Moenchengladbach and Britain vs. Chile in London.
Japan, the top-ranked Netherlands, No. 3 Argentina, No. 6 New Zealand and No. 16 South Africa have made the women’s draw.