- 11 Nov 2004
- Olympic News
Turin 2006: Ice Hockey qualification gets underway
Six Olympic ice hockey qualifying tournaments will get underway this week across the globe for both the men’s and women’s tournaments of the XX Olympic Winter Games taking place in Turin in 2006. Eleven women’s teams will battle it out in their three groups, while 12 men’s teams will face off in three pools of four, as they attempt to edge their way closer to the Games.
Women’s Final Olympic Qualification
The three women’s tournaments will be played in Podolsk, Russia; Bad Tölz, Germany; and Beijing, China. In Group A, Russia will take on Japan and the Czech Republic in Podolsk, while Group B sees Germany, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Slovenia take to the ice in Bad Tölz. Finally, Group C features China, Switzerland, Norway and France, who will compete in the Chinese capital of Beijing. The women’s tournament is a final Olympic qualification tournament, which means that the top team in each group will proceed directly to the Olympic Games in Turin.
Men’s Pre-Olympic Qualification
The men’s three tournaments will take place in Briançon, France; Nowy Targ, Poland; and Stavanger, Norway. The Briançon Group will see hosts France play against Bulgaria, Estonia and Romania, while Poland welcome the Netherlands, Lithuania and Croatia in Nowy Targ. Meanwhile, Norway will play against Hungary, China and Serbia & Montenegro in Stavanger. Being pre-Olympic qualifications, the teams that win each group will earn the right to participate in the final Olympic qualification tournaments that will be played between 10 and 13 February 2005.
Ice Hockey At Turin 2006
The Turin 2006 ice hockey tournaments will take place over 15 days of competition. The women’s tournament will run from 11 to 20 February 2006, and the men’s competition from 15 to 26 February 2006. The matches in these two competitions will take place at the Palasport Olimpico and the Torino Esposizioni. Around 436 ice hockey players are expected to be playing at the Games in Turin.
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