Delayed many times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hockey for Asian men’s Trophy champions will now take place from October 1 to 9 in Dhaka, the continental government said.
Earlier, the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) was forced to postpone the ACT for men and women twice due to the pandemic.
“In our mission to bring hockey back to the field following the global break caused by the coronavirus, I am pleased to announce the rescheduling of the dates for the postponed Hero 2021 Asian Men’s Champions Trophy in early October this year,” said AHF Executive Director Tayab Ikram. . .
“This is another victory in our battle against the virus and its effects on the sports world, and I heartily congratulate the Asian hockey family.
“The Dutch Federation of Bangladesh and hockey fans around the world for this victory,” he said in a statement.
The new ACT men’s dates have been confirmed by the Bangladesh Hockey Federation and approved by the International Ice Hockey Federation (FIH), the AHF reported.
The sixth edition of the two-year event will take place at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka among six teams – Japan, India, Pakistan, Korea, Malaysia and the hosts of Bangladesh.
The men’s edition was to be held in Dhaka from March 11 to 19, while the women’s event was to be held in Dunhai, South Korea, from March 31 to April 6.
Both tournaments were originally scheduled to take place last year, but were postponed due to the deadly virus. While the start dates of the men’s event were November 17-27 last year, the women’s tournament was scheduled for June 14-21.