Men’s hockey team fails in Olympic bid

Kyodo

Japan came up short in a bid to make its first Olympic appearance in men’s hockey in 44 years, losing to South Africa 2-1 in the final of the last world qualifying tournament Sunday.

Japan could only get one goal back after South Africa scored twice earlier in the second half at Green Stadium in Gifu Prefecture.

On Saturday, the Japanese women’s team beat Azerbaijan 5-1 in the final to qualify for the third consecutive Olympics.