Hockey: AHF looking at completing calendar

Contrary to reports, the Asian Hickey Federation is looking at holding four competitions before the end of the year.

The Covid 19 Pandemic wrecked havoc in the sports calendar.

And the Asian body was not spared.

The Women’s ( Japan) and Men’s Junior Asia Cup ( Bangladesh) which were scheduled for April and June had to be called off.

Also a victim was the Asian Champions Trophy which was to be hosted by South Korea.

“ We are hoping that cases are reduced as the days go by and the tournaments can go on their d year,” said AHF Chief Executive Officer Dato Tayab Ikram.

“ We have received commitments from Bangladesh, Japan and Korea on their ability to host the events in new dates.

“ Presently we are looking more towards the end of the year to fit in the tournaments

“ We have a window until end January 2021 to hold the tournaments.”

Tayab also confirmed that Bangladesh will host the AHF Champions Trophy in November.

“ There are two considerations that need to be taken into account,” added Tayab.

“ First is that the host country needs to get approval from their respective governments to allow the tournaments to be held.

“ The second is participation as we realise that some countries have a border lockdown and their teams may not be allowed to travel.

“ However we see time as the Essence and will monitor closely the conditions in our member countries.

“ As it stands, things are looking positive and some countries have resumed Hockey.”

The Junior Asia Cups serve as the qualifiers for the Junior World Cups while the Champion Trophies have useful ranking points up for grabs.