Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup 2012 start from 23 May to 3 June in Malaysia Points Table Team Standings updates here with and after the every match.The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh Malaysia from May 24-June 3 will be a seven-team affair led by world No. 4 ranked Britain.
The other five invited teams are also in the top 10 while hosts Malaysia are the lowest ranked at number 13.Britain are followed by sixth-ranked South Korea, New Zealand (7th), Pakistan (8), Argentina, (9) and India (10).
The tournament will serve as a warm-up for the London Olympic Games starting on July 27.The teams will also benefit from playing on the new blue turf, which is similar to the one at the Olympics.
Britain, New Zealand, Pakistan and Argentina have already booked their Olympic berths while India, South Korea and Malaysia will be playing in the qualifiers.
The Indians are favored to advance from the New Delhi qualifier next month. The Koreans and Malaysians play in the Dublin qualifier in March and are seeded to meet in the final. Only the winner will make it to the Olympics.
Malaysian Hockey Confedera-tion (MHC) secretary Maninderjit Singh said they are glad that the teams for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup have been finalized.
“The tournament will be the perfect preparation for the teams going to London. I am sure they will send their best players,” he said.
Pakistan will take on Argentina in the first match tomorrow, and it will be the first time the Pakistani team have been able to get on the smurf turf as problems getting their own blue and pink pitch mean it won’t be finished for another month or so.
New Zealand’s Blair Hilton also had problems when he discovered that he had appendicitis and was rushed to a private hospital in Ipoh to have the pointless organ removed. He is recovering well and will be back training in a week. In the meantime Shay Neal has been flown out as a replacement.
So the drama has already started and the first match has yet to get underway. GB are the favorites as Australia and Holland, who usually attend have opted for European tours instead. India, Korea and New Zealand are all looking strong contenders for a medal and on their day are all capable of securing the top spot.
It will be a great training tournament for GB leading into the Games and will give them vital experience of playing against Pakistan and Argentina who are in the same pool at the Olympics and whom they don’t get to play against very often.
Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup 2012 Points Table Team Standings
Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament 2012
Date:- 24 May-05 2012 to 03 June-06 2012
Venue:- Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh, Malaysia.
Azlan Shah Cup 2012 Points Table and Result
The 21stSultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament which starts on May 24 and ends on June 3 will be a power packed event.
A total of 7 teams are participating, of which 6 have qualified to play for the 2012 London Olympics in July. The seven teams are Great Britain (ranked 4th), Korea (6th), New Zealand (7th), Pakistan (8th), Argentina (9th), India (10th) and Malaysia (13th).
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