The Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament on Monday became the newest sporting event to be influenced by the coronavirus outbreak. The tournament was postponed from April to September in the wake of the deadly disease which is spreading throughout the planet. The hockey tournament, which was scheduled to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia from April eleven to eighteen, will now be held from September 24 to October three, the organisers explained in a assertion. India, a typical at the event, was not supposed to participate this yr.
“…it is in the best desire of the gamers, officers and all events associated that the twenty ninth edition of of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Men’s Hockey Match 2020 to be postponed,” Orgainsing Committe chairman Dato’ Haji Abd Rahim Bin Md explained in a assertion.
“The outbreak of COVID-19 which is spreading promptly in Korea and Japan. The well being and perfectly-staying of the groups, specifically Australia, Canada and Japan should really be taken into thing to consider as not to jeopardise their preparing for the Tokyo Olympics,” he included.
The Organising Committee apologised for the inconvenience but explained the selection was taken trying to keep in intellect the present disaster throughout the planet.
“The selection has been conveyed to FIH (Worldwide Hockey Federation), AHF (Asian Hockey Federation), MHC (Malaysia Hockey Confederation) and the collaborating groups,” the assertion additional browse.
The Azlan Shah Cup is the newest sporting event to be hit by the deadly coronavirus, which has claimed extra than three,000 life and infected 86,000 individuals throughout the planet.
Method One’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19, Asian Boxing qualifiers, The World Table Tennis Championships, thanks to be held in South Korea from March 22-29 March, Singapore and Hong Kong occasions in the World Rugby Sevens Series are some of the world-wide sporting occasions which have been postponed or shifted thanks to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Azlan Shah Cup is an once-a-year men’s worldwide invitational discipline hockey tournament.
The collaborating groups in this edition’s tournament were being Australia, Canada, Japan, hosts Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea.
Australia have won the title ten times, adopted by India (four) and Pakistan. South Korea are the defending champions following they defeat India in the shoot-out in the summit clash last yr.