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Johannesburg, South Africa – Former Duke Mali (2018-2020) has been named to the South African women’s field hockey team for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) announced on Wednesday evening.

During her time in Harrisonburg, Mali scored 10 goals and three assists for 23 points in 36 games, starting 29 times. She was named to the Preseason All-CAA Team in 2019 and earned All-CAA Second Team honors at the end of the season. Mali brought international experience to JMU, having competed in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Women's Hockey World Cup.

Mali goes into the Olympic Games with 30 international matches and was named Player of the Tournament at the African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020.

“Ongi was an outstanding player and person,” said head coach Christy Morgan. “She has left her mark on our program and we are delighted that she will represent her country at the Olympic Games! We here at JMU will watch her and cheer her on. Go Ongi”

The South African women are taking part in their sixth Olympic Games since their debut in 2000. The team will compete in Group B and will open their campaign against Australia on July 28, before returning to action against Argentina the next day. After a one-day break, South Africa will play Great Britain (July 31) and Spain (August 1) before concluding the group stage with a match against the United States (August 3).

All games will be broadcast on Peacock. Select games may be carried by NBC Sports.

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