The Rio 2016 Olympic Hockey Venue will be tested for the first time later this month as four men's and four women's national hockey teams take part in the Aquece Rio Hockey International Championship between 24-28 November at the Deodoro Olympic Park.
In the men's event, Brazil, ranked 32 in the FIH World Rankings, are the only team taking part who will participate in next year's Olympics. The hosts, who won the Pan American Challenge back in October, will face some tough competition against Chile (ranked 24), Trinidad & Tobago (33) and Mexico (35).
Brazil women failed to meet the FIH and IOC Olympic qualification criteria for the host nation therefore won't be taking part in next summer's Games. However, like their men they also won the Pan American Challenge in October and now rank 41 in the official World Rankings. Barbados ranked 47, Paraguay (54) and Peru (64) are the other teams taking part in the women's event.
The competition format will first see the teams play a round-robin. Thereafter classification games will take place on the final day which will see the first placed teams play second, and third play the fourth placed teams.
This official Test Event will provide both FIH and the Rio 2016 hosts with an opportunity to trial the venue ahead of the Olympics which will be held next August.
Not only will the playing field be tested, so will all of the associated facilities, to ensure that come Games time next summer, athletes, fans, media and everyone else involved in the Olympic event will have a truly exceptional experience.
Speaking of this upcoming event, FIH Sport Director David Luckes said: "We are pleased with the progress that has been made with the hockey venue in Rio therefore we are looking forward to seeing how it operates during this competition. This event will allow us to resolve any small issues encountered and recommend any improvements with a view to making this a world class venue not only for next year's Olympics, but beyond, with legacy a key factor in this venue's construction."
To find out who will be playing who and when, and for live match statistics from each game, click here.
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Photo: Pan American Hockey Federation