Ireland to host qualifiers for London Olympics

John Jermyn
John Jermyn will be one of Ireland's key players in the Olympic qualifiers

Ireland will stage a men's qualifying tournament for the 2012 London Olympics in March.

Belgium was originally scheduled to host the tournament but its team exexpectedly qualified for the Olympics in August.

Ireland will be joined by Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Chile and Ukraine for the competition at the National Hockey Stadium in Dublin.

The top two teams will meet for a place in the Olympics on 18 March.