Field hockey factbox for Athens 2004
Posted: Sunday July 11, 2004 7:47PM; Updated: Sunday July 11, 2004 7:47PM
ATHENS, July 9 (Reuters) -- Factbox on hockey at the August 13-29 Athens Olympics:
Forms of hockey were played in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome as well as by the Aztecs. The game was standardised by the British at the end of the 18th century, primarily as a school sport.
It was included in the Olympics as a men's sport for the first time at the 1908 Games in London. Women's hockey was added to the Games in Moscow in 1980.
The sport's governing body, the International Hockey Federation, was founded in 1924 and now has 112 members.
The outdoor version of the game was traditionally played on grass but synthetic pitches are more often used for top-level competitions.
Men's tournament (12 teams)
Women's tournament (10 teams)
Matches will be played outdoors on a synthetic pitch.
August 14: Women's preliminaries
August 15: Men's preliminaries
August 16: Women's preliminaries
August 17: Men's preliminaries
August 18: Women's preliminaries
August 19: Men's preliminaries
August 20: Women's preliminaries
August 21: Men's preliminaries
August 22: Women's preliminaries
August 23: Men's preliminaries
August 24: Women's classification matches (fifth to eighth
August 25: Men's classification matches (fifth to 12th
August 26: Women's bronze-medal match
August 27: Men's bronze-medal match
Hockey will be played on two pitches at the Olympic Hockey
Centre in the Hellenikon Olympic Complex on the site of the old
Athens airport. There are seats for 8,300 spectators.
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