A spirited India eked out a fighting 4-3 win over Malaysia in the final to clinch the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament for the fourth time on Saturday.
Asian Champions Trophy 2023 results
In the first semifinal, Malaysia beat defending champions Korea 6-2 to enter their maiden Asian Champions Trophy final. Japan ended their Asian Champions Trophy campaign at 3rd spot after winning a classification match against Korea, who finished 4th.
In the classification match for 5th and 6th spot, Pakistan thrashed China 6-1 to finish their Asian Champions Trophy campaign at 5th position.
History of the Asian Champions Trophy
Asian Hockey Champions Trophy was first started as a women's teams competition in 2010. After the success of the women's Asian Champions Trophy, the men's competition was held in 2011 with six top teams in the continent. Till 2013, the Asian Champions Trophy was an annual affair. However, from 2016 onwards, the tournament was staged every two years. The 2020 edition was postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. India and Pakistan have won the Asian Champions Trophy thrice, sharing the trophy in 2018. South Korea won the tournament n 2021. India are the current winner of Asian Champions Trophy. India led by Harmanpreet Singh defeated Malaysia in the final of 2023 edition to win Asian Champions Trophy for 4th time.