Muscat: Oman Hockey Association (OHA) is all geared up to host the Arab Club Hockey Championship from March 10 to 18 at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher.
The eight-day tournament will have six club teams participating from four countries which include host Oman.
Speaking to Times Sport yesterday, Redha Taqi Al Lawati, general secretary of OHA also confirmed that the tournament will be held under the aegis of Arab Hockey Federation.
"We at OHA are glad to host this tournament in Oman," Redha said. "By hosting such an exclusive championship the game and the players in the country will also get an exposure," he said.
Apart from Oman, two clubs from UAE and one club each from Egypt and Libya will take part in the tournament. HM Cup champions Ahli-Sidab Club along with Al Nasr Club will take part from Oman.
According to Redha, the clubs can have three foreign players in the club teams for the tournament.
"Apart from that they (the six club teams) can also choose three Omani players for the tournament. That will be bonus not only for these teams but also for the players. I am sure the tournament will also attract a large number of Omani as well as expatriate fans," he said.
OHA are also expecting some top officials from both FIH and Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) for the tournament.
"Apart from the representatives from Arab Hockey Federation we also expect to have some officials from FIH and AHF as well," he said. Redha also informed that OHA will organise six-day High Performance Coaching Course from March 12-17, conducted by Dato Tayyab Ikram, coaching and high performance director at International Hockey Federation (FIH).
"The last time we had a similar programme was in 2011 and on the request from FIH we decided to have it here once again," Redha noted. The training programme will also be held at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.
Meanwhile, in a major development yesterday, the Arab Hockey Federation has decided to conduct the forth coming General Assembly and board elections in Muscat on March 17.
Two candidates from Oman are also expected to stand for the election. "When they (Arab Hockey Federation) send us a note asking if we are interested in organising here in Muscat we never thought twice. It is going to be a big moment for Oman Hockey in general," he added.