Home > Sport
Friday April 25, 2014 MYT 4:47:00 PM
Friday April 25, 2014 MYT 10:42:31 PM
by s. ramaguru
KUANTAN: Malaysia hosted the first Champions Challenge I tournament in 2001. So, it is only fitting that the country is given the honour of hosting the last of the series.
The tournament in Kuantan will be the eighth and last men’s Champions Challenge I competition following the introduction of the Hockey World League.
The biennial Champions Challenge I provides the winners with a route to the prestigious Champions Trophy. As such, the winners here will play in the 2016 Champions Trophy.
Since 2009, the competition involves eight men’s teams from around the globe. Those who competed in the first-ever Champions Challenge I included India, South Africa, Argentina, Malaysia, Japan and Belgium.
Argentina are the most decorated team in Champions Challenge I history, taking three titles in four appearances (2001, 2005, 2007 and 2012). South Korea, who have yet to win, have emerged as runners-up in each of their three previous appearances (2003, 2005 and 2012).
The other teams who have won the tournament are India, Spain, New Zealand and Belgium.
The tournament in Kuantan will feature two top-10 teams – New Zealand and South Korea. They will be challenged by Malaysia, Japan, Ireland, Canada, France and Poland.
New Zealand have won only once in three appearances in the Champions Challenge I, defeating Pakistan for the gold medal in 2009.
This year, France will be making their first appearance in the series.
New Zealand are the favourites in Group A, which also has Japan, Ireland and Poland. Group B features South Korea, Malaysia, Canada and France.
Tags / Keywords:
hockey, Champions Challenge I, Hockey World League, Kuantan
Kumar cool as the only goalie in Asiad hockey team
Dropped Baljit picked for Germany stint
Hockey: Azlan reckons Malaysia can bounce back in Incheon
Coach Arul hopes his boys will rock steady in Incheon
Just one goalie for hockey team to Incheon in bid for gold
Arul to remain as senior coach
Haziq to lead team out in Sultan of Johor Cup
Malaysia punished again for leaky defence
Harmanpreet on fire as rampaging India checks into final
Malaysia draw their second Sultan of Johor Cup match
Hockey: India take on Pakistan in Asiad rematch in Johor
The tastes of India at Grand Seasons' restaurants
Local game gets international stars
Black Cap Neesham gets first crack at World Cup opening spot
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)