Bengaluru, June 1: Asia Cup Hockey, the continental hockey tournament hosted by Asian Hockey Federation, is being held since 1982 with the winner being crowned the champion and the top three also earning spots in the Hockey World Cup.
The Men's Hockey Asia Cup has been held 11 times now with as many 16 teams competing and three different teams winning the title so far. Plus, only four different teams have played the finals in the 11 editions.
While the 10 editions held so far have had the knock out stages to crown the champions, the first edition in 1982 was decided based on the results from the round robin format featuring 7 teams.
In 1982, the inaugural edition held in Karachi, the Men's Hockey Asia Cup champion was crowned based on most number of wins in the round robin format with Pakistan edging India 6 wins to 5.
South Korea are the most successful team in the tournament having won the title 5 times followed by rivals India and Pakistan, who have both won the title 3 times each.
South Korea were champions in 1994, 1999, 2009, 2013 and 2022, while India won in 2003, 2007 and 2017 and their arch-rivals Pakistan won the first three editions of the title in 1982, 1985 and 1989.
India is also the most consistent side in the Asia Cup Hockey as they have played in 8 of the 11 finals being held so far, while Pakistan (6 finals) are level with South Korea, who have been involved in 6 finals, but the Koreans have won 5 finals.
Here is a look at the winners and runners up list of Asia Cup Hockey:
|Year||Host City||Winner||Result||Runner Up|
|1982||Karachi, Pakistan||Pakistan||Round Robin||India|
|1989||New Delhi, India||Pakistan||2-0||India|
|1994||Hiroshima, Japan||South Korea||1-0||India|
|1999||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||South Korea||5-4||Pakistan|
|2003||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||India||4-2||Pakistan|
|2009||Kuantan, Malaysia||South Korea||1-0||Pakistan|
|2013||Ipoh, Malaysia||South Korea||4-3||India|
|2022||Jakarta, Indonesia||South Korea||2-1||Malaysia|
Third place also is important in the Men's Hockey Asia Cup as it guarantees a team a place in the Hockey World Cup if they have not already qualified for the show-piece event.
While India, South Korea and Pakistan have won the title multiple times, the trio have also clinched the third-place many times. South Korea and Pakistan have won the bronze medal three times.
India and China have won the bronze medal 2 times, while Malaysia (1 time) have also finished the tournament as the third-placed team.
Here is a look at the Third Place and Fourth Place teams of Asia Cup Hockey:
|Year||Third Place||Result||Fourth Place|
|1982||China||Round Robin Results||Malaysia|
|2009||China||3-3 AET (7-6 penalties)||Malaysia|