Hockey: Aus win appeal against early start

Jun 21, 2012, 09:40 IST | AFP

The Australian men's field hockey team has won an appeal after the world's number one side was handed three early morning starts in their group matches at the London Olympics


Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth was furious when the draw gave his team three 8:30am games, which he said would require players to wake up at 5:00am in a major disruption to their daily tournament routine. At the same time, main rivals Germany avoided the early time slot altogether in the opposite group.
Hockey Australia fired in an official protest and the Federation of International Hockey said Wednesday it has re-scheduled Australia v Pakistan on August 7 from 8:30am to 10:45am.
South Korea against the Netherlands will be switched to the earlier start.

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