AHF announces new dates for Women’s Asian Champions Trophy in hockey After a postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) has decided to hold the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy in Donghae, South Korea, from October 24-31.
This tournament will feature six teams in all – India, China, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, and Thailand. This will be the sixth edition of the tournament and the hosts will also be the defend their crown which they won in the last edition, in 2018.
China has risen rapidly in recent times and has played regularly in the FIH Pro League. Japan and South Korea will be hard to beat while the ever-improving Indian side will be backed for a podium finish.
AHF Women’s Asian Champions Trophy: Reactions
“I am pleased that our efforts have been fruitful in bringing the AHF Women’s Asian Champions Trophy. Ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19, the situation has been very challenging to keep hockey activity ongoing. I am glad to announce that, with your support, we are finally able to overcome this challenge and bring hockey back to you.
“I appreciate the efforts of the participating teams. I am looking forward to a very splendid competition. I am also hopeful that Korea will prove a perfect host for our Women’s Asian Champions Trophy just like the last event in 2018. I wish all the best to the participating teams,” Dato Tayyab Ikram, chief executive of AHF said.
AHF Women’s Asian Champions Trophy: Benefits for India
Due to not participating in the FIH Pro League, the Indian women’s team has been relying on bilateral series and tours to get much-needed experience. Tournaments such as these, for that very reason, hold great importance for the Rani-led Indian team.
Lee Sang-heun, President of Korea Hockey Association, also expressed her optimism at this decision to hold the Champions Trophy in her country.
“We are very glad and thankful to the Asian Hockey Federation for entrusting us with hosting Women’s Asian Champions Trophy. We are certainly well-prepared for delivering the mega Asian women’s event. It indeed is a matter of great honour for Korea. We extend our warm welcome to our honoured guests ahead of time.”