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Belarus, France To Play in Tourney

February 11, 2001

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ Belarus and France earned the last two spots Sunday for next year’s Olympic hockey tournament at Salt Lake City.

Belarus beat winless Norway 7-3 in the qualifying tournament at Oslo to gain the last Olympic berth from this group.

Germany beat Ukraine 3-1 in the other game at Oslo to top the final standings. Both teams had already qualified.

France clinched the third spot in the other qualifying tournament at Klagenfurt, Austria, beating Denmark 2-1.

Latvia, returning to Olympic hockey for the first time in 66 years, defeated Austria 4-3 to win the Klagenfurt tournament. Austria finished third behind France.

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