Monday, August 31, 2009


With the Malaysian Hockey Federations making unreasonable demands, the Asian Hockey Federation has decided that they will organise the inaugural Champions Trophy on their own, and it will be held in Ipoh on a yet to be determined date.

In revealing this AHF General Secretary Tan Sri P. Alagendra said the decision followed MHF having imposed certain conditions to play host.

And a meeting between the AHF President Sultan Azlan Shah, AHF Treasurer Fumio Ogura and Alagendra in Kuala Lumpur last week, it was decided that AHF will play the role as hosts.

" We will form an organising commiittee and work out the details of the tournament," said Alagendra when met at the High Street Sikh Temple where he attended the prayers for the late Major Singh, father of MHF Vice President Dato SS Cheema.

" Malaysia made a decision and we respect that but the show must go on.

" The dates will be determined after we have consulted the teams and Malaysia as we would like to know their plans with regards to the Azlan Shah Tournament."

The inaugural event is most likely to be held in January as MHF are said to be keen on holding the Azlan Shah in June.

Alagendra said that the AHF was considering to expand the tournament to five and that will mean India will join the fray with the original teams being Korea, Pakistan, China and Malaysia.