Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament Postponed Due to Coronavirus
The Azlan Shah Cup, which was scheduled to be held in Malaysia from April 11 to 18, will now be held from September 24 to October 3, the organizers said in a report. It is in the best interest of the players, officials, and all parties concerned that the 29th version of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Men’s Hockey Tournament 2020 to be delayed,” Organizing Committee chairman Dato’ Haji Abd Rahim Bin Md said during a statement.
“The outbreak of COVID-19, which is increasing swiftly in Korea and Japan. The health and well-being of the teams, particularly Australia, Canada, and Japan, should be taken into attention as not to jeopardize their preparation for the Tokyo Olympics,” he added.
The deadly virus, which has claimed over 3,000 lives worldwide, has now forced the tournament to be delayed to September-October. The event will now begin on September 11 and end on October 3 if there are no further delays.
“The decision has been dispatched to FIH (International Hockey Federation), AHF (Asian Hockey Federation), MHC (Malaysia Hockey Confederation), and consequently the participating teams,” the statement further read.
Formula One’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19, Asian Boxing Qualifiers, the planet Ping-Pong Championships, thanks to being held in South Korea from March 22-29 March, Singapore and Hong Kong games in the World Rugby Sevens Series are some of the global sporting competitions which have been suspended or shifted due to the corona-virus outbreak.
The Azlan Shah Cup is an annual men’s international invitational hockey tournament. The participating teams during this edition’s tournament were Australia, Canada, Japan, hosts Malaysia, Pakistan, and South Korea. Australia has won the Cup 10 times, followed by India (4) and Pakistan 1.
South Korea is the defending titleholders after they defeated India within the shoot-out in the summit clash last year.
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