Black Sticks women's captain Anita Punt's facing a common roadblock for semi-professional athletes in an Olympic year.

The 28-year-old has had to pull out of this month's tour of Argentina due to work commitments.

Punt says ideally she would have preferred to go but being part of an Olympic campaign uses up so much leave.

She says their centralised programme is around 14 weeks before the Olympics, and is further extended if players make the 16-strong squad.


It's only the second tour Punt has missed since making her debut in 2009.