Ipoh (Malaysia): The Asian Hockey Federation`s council on Saturday allotted Malaysia the 2013 Asia Cup hockey, the tournament that will offer qualification berth for the 2014 World Cup.

This will be the second successive time that Malaysia will host the continental championship to be organised by the Malaysian Hockey Confederation.

Ipoh has been chosen as the venue, having already emerged as the most favoured hockey destination in Asia.

Sultan Azlan Shah, president of the Asian Hockey Federation, chaired the meeting of the AHF Council that took the decision on Saturday.

Ipoh`s hockey stadium has laid a new blue turf for the current Azlan Shah Cup.

Malaysia hosted the last Asia Cup at Kuantan in 2009.

Singapore was earlier tipped to host the Asia Cup as the AHF was keen to take the event to new venues but the Singapore team`s low ranking went against it.

The schedule is yet to be confirmed and the AHF will do so after taking the international calendar and the annual Sultan Azlan Shah Cup into consideration.

A decision was also taken to name the AHF-MHC Academy, situated inside the Ipoh stadium complex, as the Raja Dato` Seri Ashaman Academy, in honour of the second son of Sultan Azlan Shah who passed away in March.


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