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1. at the press conference (L-R): Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) senior vice president Datuk Nur Azmi, Perak Hockey Association President Datuk Abdul Rahim Md Ariff, Tournament Director Ramesh Appo and Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) Secretary Datuk Johari Aziz

The 24th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, 9th as a permanent annual fixture in Ipoh since 2007, kicks off today with an opening match between Australia versus Canada.

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2. coach for India, Paul van Ass

Australia are eight-time champion at this prestigious men’s field hockey tournament but Canada are no stranger too, although the weather is a challenge for the North Americans.

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3. coach for New Zealand, Colin Batch

Other teams playing are New Zealand, Korea, India and of course, host country, Malaysia.

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4. coach for Canada, Anthony Farry

Except for South Korea, all teams have sent their first-liners, using this tournament to prepare for the World League 3, as games here will be played in the new four-quarter format.

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5. head coach for Australia, Graham Reid

Malaysia have been given the target of a final, which seems like a long shot to me in view of the keen competition. Australia have to live up to their star billing, New Zealand have been pressured by their government to perform, India have a new coach in Paul van Ass and may be showing a new game, etc.

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6. coach for Malaysia, Tai Beng Hai (R), and team captain Razie Rahim (L)

Whatever the case, hockey fans in Ipoh, and around the world lucky enough to have live telecast of the games on TV, will be in for a treat.

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7. Impiana Hotel Ipoh General Manager Kamarudin Kassim (L) presents a souvenir sports shirt to Perak Hockey Association President Datuk Abdul Rahim Md Ariff

Event: Press Conference: Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015
Venue: Impiana Hotel Ipoh
Date: 4th April, 2015
Time: 12pm

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