BIG READ | How the SA men's hockey team is raising its own funds to fulfil Tokyo Olympic dream

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The SA men's hockey team celebrating during the Men's Olympic qualifier against Egypt at Stellenbosch University Astro. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
The SA men's hockey team celebrating during the Men's Olympic qualifier against Egypt at Stellenbosch University Astro. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

In 2016, the South African men's and women's hockey teams had to agonisingly watch the Rio Olympics from the comfort of their own homes, despite having secured qualification for the global showpiece.

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) had decided that they would not be sending a side to Brazil. It was a massive blow for the sport and the South African Hockey Association (SAHA).  

Almost immediately, though, plans were put in place to ensure that the country's premier men and women players would not suffer the same fate at the Tokyo Olympics, originally scheduled for 2020 but now set to take place in July this year. 

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