DHAKA: The previously postponed Hero Men’s Asian Champions Trophy will be held from 1st to 9th October in the capital city of Bangladesh. This was announced by the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Friday. The Bangladesh Hockey Federation will be the host of the tournament.
Originally scheduled for November 2020, the tournament was delayed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 situation. The dates of the Hero Men’s Asian Champions Trophy have been confirmed with the Bangladesh Hockey Federation and are also approved by the International Hockey Federation.
The 6th edition of the biennial event will take place at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka. Japan, India, Pakistan, Korea, Malaysia and the host nation will go head to head for the crown.
“In our mission to bring hockey back to the pitch, after the global disruption caused by the novel coronavirus, I am pleased to announce the rescheduling of the dates for the postponed Hero Men’s Asian Champions Trophy 2021 in early October this year. It is yet another victory in our battle against the virus and its effects on the Sports world, and I wholeheartedly congratulate the Asian Hockey Family, Bangladesh Hockey Federation and hockey lovers worldwide for this win!” AHF chief executive Tayyab Ikram said.
“I am extremely pleased to learn that we will be able to witness great hockey on the pitch in October this year at the “Hero Men’s Asian Champions Trophy 2021′ in Dhaka. This is indeed a great news and certainly a cause for celebration. This prestigious tournament is going to be the biggest hockey event in Asia this year & Bangladesh is hosting during the 100th birth celebration of our father of nation “Bangabondhu” with contenders Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Korea, Japan and Malaysia going head-to-head for a shot at the championship title! I take this opportunity to thank the Asian Hockey Federation for their never-ending dedication in the development of hockey throughout the Asian region, and their constant support to the Bangladesh Hockey Federation in achieving its goals.” Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, Chief of the Air Staff of the Bangladesh Air Force, said.