As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of the major sporting events that were scheduled to take place in 2020 were postponed. One such anticipated tournament was the 2020 Summer Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan. The commencement of the games would have seen competitors from different countries competing on a global scale.
However, the Olympic games are now set to commence on 23 July 2021 and will conclude on 8 August 2021. The Olympic Games include a wide variety of sports, including hockey. The inclusion of hockey at the Olympic Games will grant the opportunity to the National South African Women’s Hockey Team to participate.
With the participation of South Africa at the Olympics, students from the University of Pretoria might also get the chance to be part of the competition, through the University of Pretoria hockey team, TuksHockey. The players are: Lerato Mahole, Marizen Maria, Edith Molikoe, Onthatile Zulu, and Jean-Leigh du Toit.
Inky Zondi, who is the TuksHockey Head of Programme and Head Coach, will also get an opportunity as the Assistant Coach for the National Women’s Hockey Team. Zondi has been the Head Coach of the women’s team since 2015 and has led TuksHockey to various competitions, including the Varsity Hockey competition.
The aspiration of the TuksHockey team to be selected came after attending the South African hockey senior women’s squad camp earlier in 2021.