The Super Cup, organised by the Oman Hockey Association (OHA), will kick off the domestic season and it will also mark the hosting of the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Congress in Oman for the first time.
Talib al Wahaibi, the OHA chairman, told Muscat Daily on Sunday, “We are excited and proud to host the prestigious AHF Congress in Muscat for the first time. There couldn’t have been a better occasion to showcase our home-grown talent to the visiting hockey representatives from 32 Asian countries [who will attend the AHF Congress].
“These two teams have won the top two hockey championships in Oman and boast of some of the best players in the country. H E Sheikh Saad al Saadi, the Minister of Sports Affairs, will preside over the Super Cup and give away the prizes.”
World body (FIH) chairman Narinder Batra, AHF chief H H Prince Abdullah Ahmad Shah, FIH chief executive Jason McCracken, AHF CEO Tayyab Ikram, along with other executives from the FIH and the AHF, will attend the Super Cup that will be preceded by the day-long AHF Congress.
Wahaibi said that representatives from 32 nations have confirmed their participation, including three other GCC nations – Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia.
The AHF Congress is also expected to include two new countries from the region to be part of the AHF fold, with Bahrain and Iraq set to get the nod.
Historic occasion for us: Wahaibi
Looking forward to the AHF Congress, the OHA chairman said, “It is a historic occasion for us. It will be an opportunity for us to interact with the top bosses of hockey super powers in the continent.”
Wahaibi said that he would hold several meetings on the sidelines of the Congress with the national association heads from South Korea, Malaysia, India and Japan.
He is expecting to sign a number of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with them with the aim of helping hockey develop in Oman and also promote the sport in the region.
The delegates will start arriving on March 29, the eve of the summit.
Ex-OHA bosses to be honoured
On the sidelines of the Super Cup, the OHA will honour five of the past chairmen for their contribution to the sport.
The five include H E Abdullah al Balushi, H E Abdullah al Qasmi, H E Naif Obaid al Salami, Dawood al Raisi and H E Mahfoodh al Juma.
Wahaibi, the current OHA chairman, said that prominent hockey administrators like Mustafa Malallah, Mohammed Shambeh al Raisi and Redha Taki al Lawati will also be felicitated.