The losing semifinalists in hockey may get a shot at Olympic gold in the Tokyo Games if one of the finalists is forced out because of COVID-19 as the afflicted side’s last-four stage opponent would then be elevated to the summit clash.

This has been made clear in the Games’ Sport-Specific Regulations (SSR) unveiled on Sunday. The SSR has been developed jointly by International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Federations (IFs) to determine the impact of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case and its management in competition formats and structures.

“In Hockey, teams unable to compete due to COVID-19 will not be disqualified and will be marked as DNS (Did Not Start). In case a team in the knockout stages is no longer able to compete due to COVID-19 their minimum ranking achieved will be protected and, if time allows, their opponent will advance to the next round.

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