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Top field for Azlan Shah hockey

November 08, 2003 10:26 IST

India will begin their campaign 13th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament, from January 8-18, 2004, with a match against Germany.

The 13th edition of the tournament will feature seven top flight teams in world hockey.

World champions Germany, who finished second last year, are the top draw. The other top teams are defending champions Pakistan, India, Australia and South Korea.

Three teams, Germany, Australia and South Korea, have already booked berths to the Athens Olympics next year. The other four teams will play in the qualifying tournament, which will be held in Madrid Spain in March.

Thus, for varying reasons the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil will prove crucial for all the teams.

India had pulled out of the last edition after the government denied it permission to make the trip, due to the harassment of Indian IT professionals in Malaysia.

Except for Spain and Malaysia all the other teams have won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup before. India won the event thrice (1995, 1991 and 1985). Pakistan also has won it thrice (1999, 2000 and 2003), while Germany (1987 and 2001) and Australia (1983 and 1998) won twice. England (1994) and Korea (1996) won once.

Fixtures:
Day/DateNoTimeMatch
Thursday
08 Jan 2004
116h05Korea vs Pakistan
218h05India vs Germany
320h05Malaysia vs Spain
Friday
09 Jan 2004
416h05Pakistan vs India
518h05Spain vs Australia
620h05Germany vs Malaysia
Saturday
10 Jan 2004
718h05Australia vs Korea
Sunday
11 Jan 2004
816h05Korea vs Germany
918h05Malaysia vs India
1020h05Pakistan vs Spain
Monday
12 Jan 2004
1118h05Malaysia vs Australia
1220h05Pakistan vs Germany
Tuesday
13 Jan 2004
1318h05Korea vs Spain
1420h05India vs Australia
Wednesday
14 Jan 2004
1516h05Spain vs Germany
1618h05Pakistan vs Malaysia
1720h05India vs Korea
Thursday
15 Jan 2004
1818h05Australia vs Pakistan
Friday
16 Jan 2004
1916h05Spain vs India
2018h05Germany vs Australia
2120h05Malaysia vs Korea
Saturday
17 Jan 2004
Rest Day
Sunday
18 Jan 2004
2208h055-6th Classification Match
2315h353-4th Classification Match
2418h05Final

Roll of Honour:
YearVenueGoldSilverBronzeFourth
1983Kuala LumpurAustraliaPakistanIndiaMalaysia
1985IpohIndiaMalaysiaPakistanSpain
1987IpohGermanyPakistanBritainMalaysia
1991IpohIndiaPakistanU.S.S.RNew Zealand
1994PenangEnglandPakistanAustraliaMalaysia
1995Kuala LumpurIndiaGermanyNew ZealandCanada
1996IpohKoreaAustraliaMalaysiaBritain
1998IpohAustraliaGermanyKoreaNew Zealand
1999Kuala LumpurPakistanKoreaGermanyCanada
2000Kuala LumpurPakistanKoreaIndiaMalaysia
2001Kuala LumpurGermanyKoreaAustraliaPakistan
2003IpohPakistanGermanyNew ZealandKorea


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