Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

in-house band, Extreme Soul, entertains guests with some upbeat numbers

Impiana Hotel Ipoh hosted a welcome dinner for officials and players of the 23rd edition of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2014 with a scrumptious BBQ dinner by the hotel’s poolside.

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Simson Chinese Orchestra

Some players had to attend a practice session at the stadium and joined in the dinner later.

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aboriginal dance performance

As guests enjoyed a wide spread of food, they were entertained by Simson Chinese Orchestra, an aboriginal dance performance and in-house band Extreme Soul.

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Chairman of the organising committee Dato’ Hj Abdul Rahim Bin Md Ariff (in red) helps himself to dinner

Early in the day, a press conference was held at the bistro of the hotel, where officials, coaches and team managers fielded questions from media representatives.

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dinner time

Target for Malaysia is to reach the finals. However, as Australia is looking at this tournament as preparation for the World Cup this May in the Netherlands, will it be a repeat of last year’s finals where Australia triumphed Malaysia to lift the trophy?

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dinner time

Meanwhile, Canada will be featured in this year’s tournament again since playing here in 2008. Obviously, they are ready to show what their game play is like.

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dinner time

China has the youngest team – the average age of players is 22, whereas the youngest player is only 18 years old.

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dinner by the poolside

Although many skeptics claimed that the Azlan Shah Cup has lost its lustre this year due to the withdrawal of India and Pakistan, of the six teams that are playing at this year’s Azlan Shah Cup, four will feature in the upcoming World Cup. They are Australia, South Korea, South Africa and Malaysia.

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tournament officials giving a press conference

Event: Welcome Dinner for Officials & Players 2014 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Venue: Impiana Hotel Ipoh
Date: 12th March, 2014
Time: 8pm

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