The Asian Games Hockey schedule for the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang has been announced by the Asian Hockey Federation. The 18th edition of the Asian Games will see the highest ever number of participating teams in the history of hockey competitions at the Asian Games. A total of 21 teams from 14 countries will go head to head in the Men’s and Women’s categories in 60 matches over a course of 14 days. The winners of the Men’s and Women’s categories will book their place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. All matches will be played in the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, Jakarta, Indonesia.
In men’s competition 11 teams have been split into two groups, based on FIH World Rankings. In Pool A, the Asian Champions, India lead the group along with Korea (WR: 14), Japan (WR: 16), Sri Lanka (WR: 38), and Hong Kong China (WR: 45). In Pool B, Malaysia (WR: 12), Pakistan (WR: 13), Bangladesh, Oman, Thailand, and Indonesia, will go head to head to secure top positions, AHF has stated in a Press release.
In the Women’s Category, 10 teams will face-off to achieve Asian dominance and a place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Pool A will see clashes between China, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong China, and Chinese Taipei, while India, Korea, Thailand, Kazakhstan, and Indonesia will compete in Pool B.
The hockey event will commence on the 19 August with the women’s fixtures followed by the men’s matches from the 20 August. After 25 men’s and 20 women’s matches, the classification stage will begin on the 29 August. Women’s final is scheduled to be played on the 31 August, while the men’s final will be played on the 1 September.
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This will be the first Asian Games ever to have Video Referral System for all the matches of the Event. The VRS has become a permanent feature in the sport and has been an essential tool for technical officials to make crucial decisions, which has contributed towards sports fairness.