The 8th Men’s Asia Cup Hockey Tournament will start on Saturday in Kuantan, Malaysia. Seven participating teams are divided in two pools. Pool A is composed by Malaysia, Korea, Japan and Bangladesh, while Pakistan, India and China will play in pool B.
In 7th Asia Cup which was held in Chennai, India, hosts India became the champion, while Korea was runner-up, Malaysia got bronze medal, Japan got fourth position, China on fifth and Pakistan was on sixth from eight teams.
The Manager of the Pakistan Hockey Team Muhammad Asif Bajwa said from Kuantan that Pakistan team is in good condition and moral of the players is too high after winning the warm up matches against Malaysia and Japan before the Asia Cup. He said that they are very much hopeful that Pakistan team will try to produce good results in this tournament.
On the first day on 9 May Japan will face Bangladesh, Korea will face Malaysia and Pakistan will face China. On 10 May, Pakistan will face India. On 11 May Japan will face Korea and Malaysia will face Bangladesh. On 12 May China will face India, Korea will face Bangladesh and Malaysia will face Japan. The crossed semifinals are scheduled on 14 May, while the final match will be played on 16th May.