Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament postponed by coronavirus

NEW DELHI: The Azlan Shah Cup hockey Monday's tournament became the last sporting event affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak, from April to September following the deadly disease that is spreading throughout the world.

The tournament, which was scheduled to be held in Ipoh Malaysia, from April 11 to 18, will now be held from September 24 to October 3, organizers said in a statement. India, a regular at the event, should not participate this year.

... it is in the best interest of the players, officials and all parties involved that the 29th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup The 2020 Men's Hockey Tournament will be postponed, the president of the Organizing Committee, Dato 'Haji Abd Rahim Bin Md, said in a statement.

The outbreak of COVID-19, which is spreading rapidly in Korea and Japan. The health and well-being of teams, especially from Australia, Canada and Japan, should be taken into account so as not to jeopardize their preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. additional.

The Organizing Committee apologized for the inconvenience, but said the decision was made taking into account the current crisis around the world.

The decision has been transmitted to FIH (International Hockey Federation), AHF (Asian Hockey Federation), MHC (Malaysian Hockey Confederation) and the participating teams, the statement said.

The Azlan Shah Cup is the latest sporting event to be hit by the deadly coronavirus , which has claimed more than 3,000 lives and infected 86,000 people across the world.

Formula One's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19, Asian Boxing Qualifiers, The World Table Tennis Championships, due to be held in South Korea from March 22-29 March, Singapore and Hong Kong events in the World Rugby Sevens Series are some of the global sporting events which have been postponed or shifted due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Azlan Shah Cup is an annual men's international invitational field hockey tournament.

The teams participating in this year's tournament were Australia, Canada, Japan, hosts from Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea.

Australia won the title 10 times, followed by India (4) and Pakistan.

South Korea are the defending champions after beating India in the shooting at the summit clash last year.