Malaysia to host men’s Asian CT in October

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 1 (APP): Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) President HRH, Prince Abdullah Ahmad Shah and Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) President Dato’ Sri Subahan Kamal Wednesday signed the hosting agreement of the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy 2016 in Kuantan, Pahang State, Malaysia, from October 20 to 30.

The Men’s Asian Champions Trophy 2016 will be the third major international event to take place at Kuantan’s Wisma Belia Stadium since its completion in 2012, said a press release issued here.

Scheduled two months after the Olympic Games, the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy 2016 will allow India, Korea, Japan, China and the Malaysian hosts to challenge the current title holders and winners of the last two editions of the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy, Pakistan.

First introduced in 2011 to create an opportunity for Asian teams to gather more high-level competition experience, the Asian Champions Trophy has taken place three times so far, for the last time in 2013. In past Asian Champions Trophy editions, Pakistan has been the most successful team with two Asian Champions Trophy golds and a silver.

The Asian Champions Trophy 2016 will follow a round robin format, with each team playing each other once. The top four teams after the round robin phase will advance to semi-finals, then finals, while the teams ranked fifth and sixth in the pool will play off once for fifth place. A detailed match schedule will be published by the Asian Hockey Federation in the coming weeks.

AHF can also confirm that through a recent decision by the FIH Executive Board, Asian Champions Trophy events are included in the continental ranking element of the FIH World Ranking system from the next update. The continental rankings for Asia will be calculated across a four-year cycle, taking into account the results of Asian Games, Asia Cup and Asian Champions Trophies held during that time.

This also means that because the Asian Champions Trophy will not only be part of the system that determines continental ranking but will be included in the Qualification Systems for future Olympic Games and World Cups any team that does not play in the Asian Games/Asia Cup and Asian Champions Trophy cannot qualify for the relevant Olympic Games or World Cup.