Powell looks to Rio
August 04, 2012 10:30:27 UK
Great Britain coach Hope Powell is hoping the women's football team will have the chance of participating in future Olympic Games.
The British women lost out at the quarter-final stage of the London 2012 tournament, beaten 2-0 by Canada on Friday evening after impressing in their group games. They beat Brazil in front of 70,000 fans at Wembley in their final group game and Powell wants to carry that momentum forward.
If we had the opportunity to go into the Olympics - just the women - I would take it.Hope Powell
Great Britain qualified for this year's games as hosts, but may not have the chance to put forward a team for Rio in 2016.
"I am not the decision maker but my answer would be if we had the opportunity to go into the Olympics - just the women - I would take it," she said.
"There is nothing better than tournament experience and I think our girls will have learnt so much from being part of this.
"Tournament football is not easy and you learn things very quickly. Then the next time you come up in a tournament you remember the things you have learnt.
"We have missed out on those experiences, so if the opportunity to play at the Olympics arose again - just the women - and we could do that, I would love Team GB to be part of that."
The men's football team have the chance of making the last four when they take on South Korea in their quarter-final on Saturday night. They are 21.00 to win 3-1, with a 2-1 victory for the South Koreans at 11.00.
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