Malaysia Men’s Team fell one rung to 13th in the latest world ranking released by International Hockey Federation (FIH).The FIH world ranking plays a vital role in determining Malaysia’s path towards the Tokyo Olympics.
Malaysia Men’s Team ranking dropped after the national team finished 15th among 16 teams that featured in the World Cup, which ended on Sunday in Bhubaneswar, India.
The drop will affect Malaysia Men’s Teams hope of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Malaysia are likely to play one of the top seven ranked teams in the world to win a place for the Olympics.
Next up for Malaysia
Malaysia will host the FIH World Series at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil from April 23 to May 1, which is a qualifying tournament for the Olympics. Malaysia are among eight countries to feature in the tournament and the other teams in the fray are Canada, China, Wales, Austria, Brazil, Italy and Vanuatu.
THE WORLD RANKINGS
1. Belgium, 2. Australia, 3. Holland, 4. Argentina, 5. India, 6. Germany, 7. England, 8. New Zealand, 9. Spain, 10. Canada, 11. Ireland, 12. Pakistan, 13. Malaysia, 14. China, 15. France, 16. South Africa, 17. S. Korea, 18. Japan, 19. Austria, 20. Egypt.