LONDON (AP) — Britain has received a $100,000 grant from the IOC to help its men's ice hockey team qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The British Olympic Association says the funds from the IOC's Solidarity Program will go to Ice Hockey UK and help pay for training camps, travel and other costs. Britain has already advanced to the final Olympic qualifying tournament, to be played Feb. 7-10 in Riga, Latvia.
Britain, currently ranked 21st in the world, will be in a group including Latvia, France and Kazakhstan. The winner of the tournament will qualify for the Olympics. Britain won the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen but hasn't appeared in an Olympic ice hockey tournament since the 1948 Games in St. Moritz.
Twelve teams will play in the Sochi Olympics, with the top nine in the world qualifying automatically.