Rio 2016 Olympics: Ireland to face India in Games opener

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Ireland hockey celebrate qualification for Rio Olympics

Ireland men's hockey team will open their Olympic campaign against Asian Games champions India on 6 August.

The Irish then face 2012 Olympic silver medallists the Netherlands in Rio on 7 August before taking on defending champions Germany two days later.

Ireland play Canada in 11 August with their final Pool B game against Argentina on 12 August.

If Ireland progress to the quarter-finals, they will be in action again on 14 August.

Coach Craig Fulton, who has guided Ireland to their first ever qualification for an Olympic hockey tournament, said that he was happy with his team's Rio schedule.

"We will play five pool games in the first seven days so we will be ready for that challenge one game at a time," said the South African.

It will be the first time in more than 100 years that an Irish hockey team has participated in an Olympic Games.

The Irish men, who made history by winning a bronze medal at the Eurohockey Championships in August, will become the first to represent Ireland in a team sport at an Olympic Games since 1948.

Ireland picked up silver medals in the inaugural Olympic hockey event in London in 1908, when they didn't have to qualify.

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