‘Father of Malaysian Hockey’ Sultan Azlan Shah passed away
Hockey pioneer and ‘Father of Malaysian Hockey’, Sultan Azlan Shah(86) passed away. He was known for his stupendous contribution to the sport for over 41 years – both as a player and an administrator.
His intense love for hockey inspired him to start the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in 1983. The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup began as a biennial event but became an annual event after 1998 and is hosted in the Perak capital of Ipoh.
Under his aegis, Malaysia hosted two hockey World Cups – 1975 and 2002 editions. In 1997, he was elected as the president of the Asian Hockey Federation and he held the post until his death. He also became the Vice-President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in 1992 and served two terms.