They will be joined by defending champions Australia, 2015 champions Great Britain, hosts Malaysia, crowd favourites Japan and debutants United States of America at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium, Johor Baru.
“ We anticipate a keenly contested tournament this time around and hope that the fans will take this opportunity to watch budding youngsters who are the future of world hockey in action.” said Johor Hockey Association President Datuk Md Jais Sarday.
“ We are grateful to the countries participating for accepting our invitation.
“ Thd tournament is a much sought after event and although many more had sought to participate, we are keeping the number at six teams.”
For this year, sponsors have stepped forward to assist towards the cost of organisation with a total of RM1.89 million being contributed in cash and several others in kind.
On hand to receive the sponsorship was His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj, accompanied by Menteri Besar Dato’ Mohammed Khaled Nordin and Datuk Md Jais Sarday.
Leading the contributors was the Johor State Government with RM500,000, , RTM who are the official broadcaster RM200,000, and Astaka Padu Sdn Bhd, RM200,000.
Other sponsors are Yayasan Harmoni ( RM100,000), Genting Berhad (RM100,000), UM Land ( RM100,000), Johor Corporation ( RM100,000), JBB Builders (M) Sdn Bhd ( RM 100,000), Tenaga Nasional Berhad ( RM100,000), SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd ( RM50,000), Global Tobacco Manufacturers (International) Sdn Bhd ( RM40,000),
Iskandar Waterfront Sdn Bhd ( RM50,000), Berjaya Times Square ( RM50,000), Kumpulan BCB Berhad ( RM50,000).
“ We are thankful to all the sponsors who have stepped forward to help us finance the tournament this year,” added Datuk Md Jais.
Three others, Kuckreja Sdn Bhd , Milo and 100 Plus contributed attire for a coaching clinic and prizes for special awards as well as refreshments.
As part of SOJC’s continued commitment to promote the sport amongst the youngsters, a total of 80 players Under 12 years of age will benefit from a two day coaching clinic conducted by former internationals.