After a highly successful and action packed 2015 has gone by, we shift our focus to the year ahead and get a sneak peak at some of what is coming up in the world of hockey in Asia and around the globe.
2016 promises to deliver elite level hockey throughout the year with highlight tournaments such as the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, The Champions Trophy & The Olympic Games all lined up for this year.
TGP International Tri-Series: 18th-23rd January
We start off 2016 in Singapore for a “Tri-Series” which takes place from the 18th to the 23rd of January, between the women’s world number 1 team, Holland, number 2 team, Australia and Germany. The tournament is being organized to promote the high caliber of the sport in the local & regional sporting community.
Coal India-Hockey India League: 18th January – 21st Febraury
We then shift our focus to the 4th edition of the prestigious “Hockey India League” which features 8 top clubs battling it out through a series of fixtures over a one-month period.
South Asian Games: 7th February – 14th February
The 12th edition of the biennial South Asian Games will be held in Guwahati, India this year, with the hockey competition for both men and women being held between the 7th and the 14th of February. Bhutan, India & Pakistan are a few of the nations among others, competing in the regional multi sport event.
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: 6th April – 16th April
The classic tournament will be played out for the 25th time this year in Ipoh, Malaysia with 8 of the worlds top teams battling it out for the esteemed prize.
FIH Champions Trophy: (Men’s 11th-19th June) (Women’s 18th-26th June)
Argentina & Great Britain will host the Men’s and Women’s Champions Trophy tournaments respectively this year. The tournament is one the pinnacles of world hockey as it boasts only the most elite and high performance teams at the moment.
Olympic Games: 5th August – 21st August
Making its Olympic debut in London in 1908, Hockey will again be on the grand Olympic arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer. 1 men’s and a record 4 women’s Asian teams will be representing the continent while battling it out for the ultimate prize in the sports world, Olympic gold.
Asian Champions Trophy: (Men’s 17th-30 October) (Women’s TBC)
The relatively young annual tournament, which made its debut in 2011, is back this year maintaining the upbeat tempo of 2016 till the end. The round robin format tournament will host 6 of Asia’s top teams.
Evidently, there is more than enough top quality hockey action to go around this year, in what promises to be a jam-packed competition schedule. Do visit ourFacebook and Twitter pages where we will be covering the action with scores, match reviews and feature content.
The Asian Hockey family wishes all of you a fantastic 2016; let’s celebrate it together!