Perak Hockey Association President Dato’ Abdul Rahim Mohd Ariff
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.
It’s that time of the year again for the 3rd Men’s Indoor Asia Hockey Tournament. The tournament will be held at Stadium Indera Mulia Ipoh from July 1-6. Six countries will be participating this year compared to four a year ago. The teams are Thailand, Uzbekistan, Iran, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and Malaysia. The 2 new participants are Pakistan and Kazakhstan.
As we go to press, the selection of the Malaysian team to represent the country at this 3rd Indoor game is currently being battled out at the National Indoor Hockey Tournament being held at the MSC hall at the Simee Sports Complex.
This year is the first time that a knock out system is being used to select the National Indoor Hockey team. Twelve teams (from Perlis, Perak, Penang, Kedah, Pahang, Selangor, KL, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan and 3 from the military) are taking part.
The President of the Perak Hockey Association Dato’ Abdul Rahim Bin Muhammad Ariff, stated that this year’s tournament was “significant as the champion from this 3rd Asian Indoor Championship event will represent Asia at the World Indoor Hockey Tournament schedule to be held in February next year”. “There is only 1 place slotted for Asia at that world tournament”, added Rahim.
According to Rahim, with the 6 teams participating this year the tournament will be exciting. For the spectators, Rahim indicated that attractive lucky draw prizes, like a motorcycle and LCD TVs were awaiting the lucky winners.