The Asian Hockey Federation is pleased to inform that the new dates for the postponed Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2021 taking place in Kakamigahara, Gifu Prefecture, Japan are 11 to 17 April 2021. These dates have been approved by the FIH.
This edition of the tournament will see China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Uzbekistan go head to head for the crown. Previously, Dato Tayyab Ikram confirmed that there has been an extension of the age limit i.e. players will be eligible to participate if they are born on or after 1 January 1999. This also means that the players who are eligible to play in 2020 now will have the opportunity to play on the suggested dates in 2021.
This will be the 8th edition of the event. The first edition of the Women’s Junior Asia Cup was played in 1992, Kuala Lumpur was the host City.
South Korea finished as the champions in each of the first three editions from 1992 till 2000. India hosted the 2004 edition, China beat South Korea by 3-2 in a thrilling final. It was a different outcome in 2008 as South Korea won the final against China in Kuala Lumpur.
Bangkok, Thailand was the venue of the 2012 Women’s Junior Asia Cup, China won their second cup by overcoming India 5-2 in the final. In 2015 Changzhou, China hosted the event, with China winning their third cup by defeating Japan on penalty shootouts.
After a five-year break, the Women’s Junior Asia cup is returning to Kakamigahara, Japan. Eight teams will be participating and it looks set to be another thrilling event.