Asian Champions Trophy: Pak, China hockey teams arrive in India

Chennai: The arrival of neighboring nations Pakistan and China in Chennai has energised the city’s atmosphere ahead of the Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023.

While the China Men’s Hockey Team directly flew to the host city, Pakistan Men’s Hockey Team entered India through the Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar, from where they took a flight to Chennai via Bengaluru. 

The eagerly awaited Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023 is set to be played from August 3 to August 12. The tournament promises intense battles as six teams – India, Pakistan, Korea, China, Malaysia, and Japan will lock horns with each other. 

Pakistan, who have won the Asian Champions Trophy title thrice, are the most successful team in the history of the tournament alongside India, and they will now be aiming to win the elusive trophy for the record fourth time. 

Pakistan will open their campaign against Malaysia on August 3. 

Talking about the preparations for the tournament and playing in India, Pakistan’s Coach Sheikh Shahnaz said, “We are always excited to play in India and it definitely adds to the pressure, but good quality players know how to perform and deliver under pressure, hence, we are hopeful of a good show on and off the field.” 

On the other hand, China are eyeing to clinch the Asian Champions Trophy for the first time. They will play their opening game of the Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023 on August 3 against the hosts India. 

In anticipation of the upcoming tournament, China’s Coach Haiqin Weng provided insights into their preparations, stating, “We have prepared very well for the tournament and we are excited to play in India. People here are very nice and we are eager to play in the Asian Champions Trophy here.

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