Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday signed an agreement with Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) to stage the Junior Asia Cup in June while also unveiling the logo of the event, which has been named Bangabandhu Al Arafa Islami Bank Junior Asia Cup.
The June 4-12 tournament, also a qualifying tournament for Junior World Cup, will feature 10 teams -- India, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea, China, Libya, Uzbekistan, Chinese Taipei, Oman and Bangladesh – with top four teams advancing to the Junior World Cup to be held in India.
"We are enthusiastic and inspired to have the Bangabandhu Al Arafa Islami Bank Junior Asia Cup as this year we are going to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"We will host Junior Asia Cup in June and Asian Champions Trophy in November. Junior Asian Cup will have 10 teams and as a host team, we are privileged to get maximum benefit from this competition. It is a great opportunity for us as Bangladesh team is expected to be one of the top four teams and qualify for the Junior World Cup," said BHF president and Air Chief Air Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat during the logo unveiling and signing ceremony at a hotel in the capital yesterday.
The BHF president and AHF general secretary Tayyeb Ikram signed the agreement on behalf of their organisations while sponsor Al Arafa Bank's managing director Forman Chowdhury was the signatory in the sponsorship agreement.