Only a massive upheaval in the Oceania Cup championship can deny India a ticket in the 2014 FIH World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands. After finishing No. 2 to Korea in the Asia Cup final at Ipoh on Sunday, India hurt their chances of a direct qualification. Now the former World Cup champions have to qualify as a 'reserve'.
Malaysian men have become the latest team to qualify for the World Cup. The international hockey federation's showpiece event will take place in The Hague from May 31-June 14, 2014 at the 15,000-seater Kyocera Stadium. (India settle for silver in Asia Cup Hockey)
Malaysia's berth at the summer spectacular was guaranteed following Korea's dramatic 4-3 triumph over India in the final of the Asia Cup. Like all continental championships, the big prize on offer at the Asia Cup was direct World Cup qualification to the event winner.