ZURICH – Three tournaments of the IIHF Ice Hockey Challenge Cup of Asia will be played in the upcoming weeks. The 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Challenge Cup of Asia in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, will make the start and will be played from 12 to 18 March.
The Challenge Cup of Asia was created eight years ago to give Asian countries that are not in the World Championship program, or that play in the lowest division, a chance to compete amongst each other and help develop ice hockey in more Asian countries.
One year ago Chinese Taipei won the tournament on home ice thanks to a tight 5-4 victory against the United Arab Emirates. This year the Emirati are looking for revenge on home ice against the defending champion. The other teams in the round-robin tournament are Mongolia, Thailand and Singapore.
Thanks to the growing number of participants, the Challenge Cup of Asia will again be played with two tiers with the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Challenge Cup of Asia Division I taking place in Bishkek from 9 to 14 April. Macau, host country Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, India and for the first time Qatar will play for promotion in the five-team tournament.
Also the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia Division I will be played for the third time with the aim at giving women’s national teams from countries not already competing in the Women’s World Championship program a chance to play.
The event will take place in Taipei City from 21 to 26 March with host Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and India. For Malaysia and India it will be the first time a women’s hockey national team will compete internationally. Click here to access the tournament pages and schedules.