Saturday, June 2, 2012

Ipoh to host 2013 Asia Cup

FIH president Leandro Negre from Spain with Sultan Azlan Shah

The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) yesterday decided that  Ipoh will host the 2013 Asia Cup, which also doubles up as a  2014 World Cup Qualifier.
    The AHF Council decided on Malaysia instead of Singapore, the initial hosts.
    “We have decided to award the host job to Malaysia and I  am happy to announce that it will be held in Ipoh next year,”  said AHF President Sultan Azlan Shah.
     “The dates have yet to be determined as we will also have  to take into consideration the annual Azlan Shah Cup.”
     Malaysia last played in the World Cup in 2002 when they  hosted the event. Prior to that Malaysia qualified for the 1998  Utrecht World Cup after a 16 years with their previous  appearance being in 1982 in Bombay.
      Sultan Azlan also announced that the AHF-MHC Academy  will now be known as the Raja DatukSeri Ashaman Academy,  in honour of the second son of Sultan Azlan Shah who passed  away on March 30 this year.
     On the Malaysian team’s performance in the Azlan Shah  Cup: “I am not happy with the performance as we concede  easy goals, especially in the match against New Zealand,”  said Sultan Azlan.
      “We need to work on our defense as it leaks easily. But I  must say I am pleased with the performance of the young  players in the team as they have put up a decent performance.”