Indonesia to Host 11th Men’s Asia Cup for First Time Ever!
Indonesia will host the 11th Men’s Asia Cup Tournament after the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) inked an agreement in Jakarta. It was learnt that a few other nations, including Malaysia were also in the running to host the tournament but Indonesia won the hosting rights in the end. This is the first time ever that Indonesia will host the Men’s Asia Cup and it will be held from May 23 to June 1. Interestingly, Malaysia have hosted the Men’s Asia Cup four times, while India and Bangladesh have hosted it twice. Pakistan and Japan have hosted it once.
Indonesia have not never featured in the Men’s Asia Cup but will make their debut by virtue of being a host nation. South Korea have won the Men’s Asia Cup four times, while India and Pakistan have won it thrice.
The 11th Men’s Asia Cup Tournament is expected to be held sometime in May this year. The tournament will provide reigning champions India with an opportunity to renew their Asian rivalry with the likes of arch-rivals Pakistan, South Korea, Japan and 2017 runners-up Malaysia.