(Photo: © FIH / Fernando Fernández)

When India failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games by losing 2-0 to Great Britain in the final of the WorldHockey Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Santiago, Chile, a period of more than 80 years comes to an end. FIH’s partner Infostrada compiled the following statistics on this important fact in hockey history.

  • This makes Beijing 2008 the first Olympic Games in 88 years without India’s Men’s Hockey team present.
  • India has participated in a record 18 Olympic Games editions from Amsterdam 1928 till Athens 2004, winning a record 11 medals.
  • India was not present at the first two editions of the Olympics: London 1908 and Antwerp 1920.
  • The British men’s hockey team will make their 15th Olympic appearance at Beijing 2008.
  • In London 1908 England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales participated as four separate teams.

Most Olympic appearances per team – Men’s Hockey (Excluding Beijing 2008)

App.

Team

First

Last

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

18

India

1928

2004

8

1

2

11

16

(West) Germany *

1908

2004

2

3

3

8

15

Netherlands

1928

2004

2

3

3

8

14

Great Britain

1920

2004

2

1

2

5

14

Pakistan

1948

2004

3

3

2

8

14

Spain

1928

2004

0

2

1

3

12

Australia

1956

2004

1

3

3

7

11

Belgium

1920

1976

0

0

1

1

9

France

1908

1972

0

0

0

0

9

Argentina

1948

2004

0

0

0

0

9

New Zealand

1956

2004

1

0

0

1

Note: Teams printed in bold have already qualified for Beijing 2008.
* Germany can still qualify for Beijing 2008 if they win the OQT in Japan in April 2008.  
 
Rank India Men’s Hockey team at Olympic Games

Year

Host city

Team

Rank

2004

Athens, GRE

India

7

2000

Sydney, AUS

India

7

1996

Atlanta, GA, USA

India

8

1992

Barcelona, ESP

India

7

1988

Seoul, KOR

India

6

1984

Los Angeles, CA, USA

India

5

1980

Moscow, URS

India

1

1976

Montreal, CAN

India

7

1972

Munich, FRG

India

3

1968

Mexico City, MEX

India

3

1964

Tokyo, JPN

India

1

1960

Rome, ITA

India

2

1956

Melbourne, AUS

India

1

1952

Helsinki, FIN

India

1

1948

London, ENG

India

1

1936

Berlin, GER

India

1

1932

Los Angeles, CA, USA

India

1

1928

Amsterdam, NED

India

1

1920

Antwerp, BEL

India

 DNP 

1908

London, ENG

India

DNP

Source: Infostrada Sports