|Sydney 2000 update and other event news|
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup moves to Ipoh
After a postponement of the bi-annual Sultan Azlan Shah Cup due to poor air quality deemed by organisers to be potentially hazardous, the six-nation mens event moved venue from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh. Hosts, the Malaysian Hockey Federation, were unable to secure the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur as it is being prepared for use during the upcoming Commonwealth Games, scheduled for September. Nevertheless, the show goes on. Six top hockey countries saw action in this prestigious tournament: Australia, England, Germany, Korea, Malaysia and New Zealand battled one another from 28th February to 9th March. Final standings, match results and scoring details can be found in the results section of the site. All six teams will be competing in the upcoming World Cup.
India-Pakistan resume series
Arguably one of the most exciting historical hockey match ups was resumed with India and Pakistan facing off in an eight-match test series. The series which was planned in commemoration of 50 years of independence for both countries began on 28th February with the first four matches taking place in Pakistan: 28th February Peshawar, 1st March Rawalpindi, 5th March Lahore, 7th March - Karachi. The Indian leg of the test series kicked off in 19th March in Delhi, followed by matches on 21st March Punjab, 24th March Hyderabad and 26th March Chennai (Madras).
FIH President Juan Angel Calzado is pleased to see the resurgence of interest in hockey brought about by the series. "The FIH and international hockey have a vested interest in seeing hockey successfully marketed and promoted in countries where it has traditionally been the strongest," said Calzado. "The India-Pakistan series, therefore, is an obvious and exciting way to rejuvenate hockey in the two countries, and the FIH is watching with interest to see how the series succeeds."