Sultan Azlan Shah Cup postponed due to virus fears

IPOH: The 29th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament scheduled to take place here in April has been postponed due to the Covid-19 scare.

Organising chairman Abd Rahim Arif said the organising committee has proposed the tournament be rescheduled to Sept 24 until Oct 3 at the Azlan Shah Stadium.

He said the rescheduling of this year’s edition was done in the best interest of players, officials and all parties involved to prevent any Covid-19 infection, which is spreading rapidly in South Korea and Japan.

“The health and well-being of the teams, especially from Australia, Canada and Japan, should be taken into consideration so as not to jeopardise their preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” Abd Rahim said in a statement today.

Abd Rahim added the decision to reschedule the tournament has been conveyed to the International Hockey Federation, Malaysian Hockey Confederation, Asian Hockey Federation as well as the participating teams.

“We take this opportunity to apologise for the inconvenience but it is for the best considering the current global Covid-19 situation,” he said.