The 23rd edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is fast becoming a sham no thanks to poor planning by the Organising Committee.
The latest low came about when Pakistan withdrew from the seven team event by notifying the Malaysian Hockey Confederation who kept the news to themselves until NewStraits Times journalist Jugjet Singh managed to get the official word from the national body late Saturday.
Failing to merge the men's and women's bodies in the state may cost Perak Hockey Association the host job for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup this year.
India's chief hockey coach Michael Nobbs does not have high expectations from his squad in the upcoming Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia but said that the tournament would serve as an ideal platform for identifying players for the Junior World Cup scheduled later this year.
New Zealand surprised every participating nation last year in the Azlan Shah Cup with a rare display that gave them the crown.
A solitary goal against Argentina in the final got them the coveted title. It was their first Azlan Shah triumph since they participated. and the Chronicler won’t hesitate to describe such is typical of New Zealand.
The national training camp for the Azlan Shah Cup concluded at the National Hockey Stadium here on Saturday with head coach Akhtar Rasool remaining cautiously optimistic about his team’s chances in the event.
Contrary to news reports filtering out of India, it can now be confirmed that India will participate in the 22nd edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup that commences on March 9 at the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh.
By K Arumugam
In a shocking development, Hockey India has decided to withdraw Indian team from Azlan Shah Cup, which was to start in early next month.
As expected four changes were made to the 18-member Pakistan hockey squad announced here on Saturday for the upcoming Azlan Shah Cup scheduled to be held from March 9 to 17 in Ipoh, Malaysia.
The 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup received a major boost in sponsorship as RM1.7 million was handed over by sponsors at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur this morning.
The 2013 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup takes place at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh, Malaysia from March 9-17. The tournament is named after the ninth King of Malaysia, Sultan Azlan Shah, who was an avid hockey fan.