Father of Malaysian Hockey, Sultan Azlan Shah passes away

By Jayanta Oinam | Last Updated: May 29, 2014, 02:37 AM IST

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Kuala Lumpur: The President of the Asian Hockey Federation, Sultan Azlan Shah passed away on Wednesday at the age of 86.

Regarded as the `Father of Malaysian Hockey`, Azlan Shah was the 34th ruler of the state of Perak and was the ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong (elected Monarch) of Malaysia from April 26, 1989 to April 25, 1994. A lawyer by profession, he served as a judge, and the Lord President of the Federal Court before becoming the Sultan of Perak on February 3, 1984.

Born on April 19, 1928, he started playing hockey during his school days and was known for speed and dribbling skills. He played as a centre-forward for the Perak Malays and Perak State teams. The famous annual hockey tournament, Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is named after him.

Sultan Azlan was President of the Malaysian Hockey Federation until 2005. Under his guidance, Malaysia hosted the Hockey World Cups in 1975 and 2002. In the 1975 edition, Malaysia finished fourth, losing the semi-final to eventual winners India and then to West Germany in the third place play-off. It was their best ever finish in the world cup history.

Azlan Shah was elected as the president of the Asian Hockey Federation in 1997 and remained till his death. In 1992, he also became the vice president of the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

He leaves behind his wife, a son, and three daughters.