India will look to scale the hockey summit in Asia once again and in the process earn themselves a place in the 2014 FIH World Cup as the 9th men's Asia Cup gets going on the astro-turf in Ipoh, Malaysia, from August 24.
India, World Cup winners in 1975, have lifted the Asia Cup twice in 2003 and 2007 while finishing runners up on four occasions in the history of the tournament that began in 1982. But fans back home will look at nothing less than a top finish on the podium this time with a World Cup qualification at stake for the continental champions from Asia.
India had a chance to qualify for the World Cup with a top three finish in the FIH Hockey World League semi-finals in Rotterdam. But the team returned with a poor fifth place in the event, which now leaves them with just one last chance in Ipoh to sneak into the 2014 World Cup to be held at The Hague, Netherlands.
The eight-team competition will see teams divided into Pool A and B consisting four each. The top two finishers form each of the pool at the end of the league stage will face each other in the semis.
Pool A: Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan, Chinese-Taipei
Pool B: Korea, India, Bangladesh, Oman
Live Telecast: ESPN Star Sports
August 24, 2013
Match #1 - India vs Oman - 1335 IST
Match #2 - Pakistan vs Japan - 1535 IST
Match #3 - Malaysia vs Chinese-Taipei - 1735 IST
August 25, 2013
Match #4 - Korea vs Bangladesh - 1335 IST
Match #5 - Japan vs Chinese-Taipei - 1535 IST
Match #6 - Pakistan vs Malaysia - 1735 IST
August 26, 2013
Match #7 - Bangladesh vs Oman - 1535 IST
Match #8 - India vs Korea - 1735
August 27, 2013
Match #9 - Pakistan vs Chinese-Taipei - 1535 IST
Match #10 - Japan vs Malaysia - 1735 IST
August 28, 2013
Match #11 Korea vs Oman - 1535 IST
Match # 12 India vs Bangladesh - 1735 IST
August 29, 2013
August 30, 2013
Match #13 - 5th-8th position - 3rd in Pool A vs 4th in Pool B - 0535 IST
Match #14 - 5th-8th position - 3rd in Pool B vs 4th in Pool A - 0805 IST
Match #15 - Semifinal - A1 vs B2 - 1505 IST
Match #16 - Semifinal - B1 vs A2 - 1735 IST
August 31, 2013
Match #17 - 7th-8th position - Loser Match #13 vs Loser Match #14 - 1505 IST
Match #18 - 5th-6th position - Winner Match #13 vs Winner Match #14 - 1735 IST
September 1, 2013
Match #19 - 3rd-4th position - Loser Match #15 vs Loser Match #16 - 1505 IST
Match #20 - Final - Winner Match #15 vs Winner Match #16 - 1735 IST
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