The 21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament will be held at Stadium Sultan Azlan Shah from May 24 till June 3. Incidentally, the date coincides with the second school term holidays. This was announced by Perak Hockey Association President Dato’ Abdul Rahim Mohd Ariff.
Seven teams, including Malaysia, will be participating this year. They are: Great Britain (ranked 4th), Korea (6th), New Zealand (7th), Pakistan (8th), Argentina (9th), India (10th) and Malaysia (13th).
To liven up the tournament, the National Indoor Hockey Tournament (June 1-3) as well as Hockey Clinics, organised by the Asian Hockey Confederation, will be held simultaneously.
Rahim also announced that the AstroTurf at the stadium has been changed to blue and pink while the hockey ball to be used for the tournament will be yellow in colour. According to Rahim the change is to make the game attractive but also more television friendly due to the contrast of colours, yellow, blue and pink.