The 2016 Asian Men's Hockey Champions Trophy will be held in Malaysia, Kuantan District. This is the 4th edition of the tournament for men. The top Six Asian teams — Pakistan, China, India, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia — will participate in the tournament. It starts off on 20 October and the champions will be crowned on 30 October. The venue for the event is Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Malaysia.
The format involves round-robin league matches among all teams followed by play-offs amongst the top four teams for the final. Hosts Malaysia will face Pakistan in the opening match of the tournament on 20 October. Both the semi-finals are scheduled for 29 October and the final will be held on 30 October. Pakistan are the defending champions.
Asian Games gold medalists India start as the overwhelming favourites to reclaim the trophy. Winners of the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy at Ordos five years ago, India have since then been indifferent in fielding their best squad for this competition, which suffered from lack of enthusiasm among the continent's hockey elite.
Where and when to watch:
The round robin matches will be held at 3:30 PM and 6:00 PM from 20 to 27 October. India's first match is on Thursday against Japan. The matches will be telecast on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD4 in India. They can also be streamed online on hotstar.com.
Full Schedule (All timings are in IST):
|20 October||15:30||Match 1||Malaysia va Pakistan|
|18:00||Match 2||India vs Japan|
|21 October||15:30||Match 3||Pakistan vs Korea|
|18:00||Match 4||Malaysia vs China|
|22 October||15:30||Match 5||India vs Korea|
|18:00||Match 6||China vs Japan|
|23 October||15:30||Match 7||India vs Pakistan|
|18:00||Match 8||Malaysia vs Japan|
|24 October||15:30||Match 9||Korea vs China|
|25 October||15:30||Match 10||Pakistan vs Japan|
|18:00||Match 11||India vs China|
|26 October||15:30||Match 12||Korea vs Japan|
|18:00||Match 13||Malaysia vs India|
|27 October||15:30||Match 14||Pakistan vs China|
|18:00||Match 15||Korea vs Malaysia|
|29 October||15:30||Match 16||5/6 Place Match|
|13:00||Match 17||Semi-final 1|
|18:00||Match 18||Semi-final 2|
|30 October||15:30||Match 19||3/4 Place Match|
You can download the full schedule of the tournament here.
Published Date: Oct 19, 2016 10:49 pm | Updated Date: Oct 19, 2016 10:52 pm