Asian Indoor – World Cup automatic slot not a certainty for finalists

In contrast to what is being said by a certain official in Malaysia, the Asian Indoor Hockey Champions only are at present assured of a place in the 2021 Indoor Hockey World Cup.

As in the past by convention, only the champions of the respective men and women’s tournament qualify for the World Cup.

And this policy has yet to see any changes by the FIH, again contrary to the misinformation being spread,

With there being no hosts even identified for the 2021 Indoor World Cup, and there is a likely hood that it might be moved by a year, it is therefore incorrect to say both men’s finalists will qualify for the World Cup,

Such misinformation , especially to the media, is uncalled for as it can cause confusion and chaos.

The teams in Chonburi are currently vying for the AHF Asian Indoor title, the rights for continental champions of Asia.

Anyway back to the tournament proper, the semis will take place this afternoon and it will be a close battle.

Malaysia are in two semis. Men and Women and ironically up against Kazakhstan in both.

The Kazakhstan team has won five out of the six titles at stake in the history of the tournament with Malaysia’s only win registered in the inaugural tournament in 2009 in Ipoh.

Having trained in Australia for two weeks prior to this tournament, the Malaysians will need to be at their very best to upset the Kazakhstan girls who play very well , using the side boards to their advantage.

Malaysia could have had an easier semis had they beaten their northern neighbours Thailand but lost 2-1 and the SEA Games gold medal could be in jeopardy come December.

As for the Men, the Malaysian men play in patches but need to capitalise in the penalty corners.

With direct attempts hardly proving to be successful, they need to come up with good set pieces in order to catch the Kazakhstan squad.

It is going to be a tough Saturday for the Malaysians at Chonburi but one of the two teams should make Sunday’s final,

The question is who? And it’s most likely the men who have the efge.

Fixtures

Men

Saturday, July 20

9/10th Placing

Philippines v Nepal

7/8th Placing

Bangladesh v Chinese Taipei

Semi Final 1

Iran v Uzbekistan

Semi Final 2

Kazakhstan v Malaysia

Women

7-9th Placing

Singapore v Philippines

Semi Final 1

Kazakhstan v Malaysia

Semi Final 2

Thailand v Uzbekistan