KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will be aiming to retain the Asian Schools Under-18 hockey title when the tournament gets under way at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh on Saturday.
Seven teams will take part in the fourth edition of the tournament.
Malaysia emerged as champions when they hosted the tournament in 2006. In the first edition in Macau in 1998, Malaysia finished runners-up after losing to China in the final. At the next tournament in New Delhi in 2001, Malaysia were third with India emerging champions.
Malaysia, coached by Wan Roslan Wan Abdul Rahman, head Group A with Macau and Indonesia while Group B has Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong.