Ipoh (Malaysia), Apr 29 (PTI) Lightning accompanied by
the seasonal showers disrupted players’ warm-up session ahead
of the opening match of the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup between
India and Great Britain here today.
The lightening has been occurring daily for the past
The tournament director Josh Burt decided that the
India-Great Britain match will now start two hours later than
The new start time will be 6 pm local time (3.30 pm IST).
All matches have been pushed back by two hours.
Since the introduction of artificial turfs, hockey is no
longer affected by rains but matches are stopped at the
slightest sign on lightening to avert any threat to the
players and officials on the pitch.
As the Indian and English players ran off the pitch and
the start of the game was deferred, organisers said they were
bracing up for frequent disruptions during the week-long
Heavy showers and lightening have been a feature of the
tropical weather this season and the Indian team experienced
it during its training sessions over the past few days.
Coach Roelant Oltmans yesterday said he was hoping that
the games do not get affected.
India are scheduled to play four of their five round-
robin league matches in the afternoon, exactly when dark
clouds tend to drench the pitch at the Ipoh hockey stadium.
In 2010, the organisers had to declare India and South
Korea as joint champions due to flooding of the pitch on the
day of the final.
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