_dsc1972_1024_thumbThe IIHF have announced the Challenge Cup of Asia tournament details for 2015, with the top division being hosted by the defending champions from Chinese Taipei.

The Challenge Cup of Asia is an annual tournament that serves to help teams that either lack the funding or skill to move up to the World Championships stage. Taipei has been the best team to ever compete in the tournament, winning it four out of the seven total times the top division has been played.

The dominant hosts will be holding the tournament in Taipei City, with the tournament running from March 14-19, 2015.The United Arab Emirates, Mongolia, Thailand and recently promoted Macau will serve as the remaining four entries into the top group. Hong Kong, however, has not entered into the CCoA, which could mean they are putting their full focus into the World Championships.

A month later, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Qatar and Oman will take to the ice in a battle to see who will be promoted into the top group for the 2016 tournament. Hosted in Kuwait City, the same country that hosted the most recent Gulf Cup Ice Hockey Championships, fans will be treated to the first official IIHF viewings of Oman and Qatar, two of the newest hockey nations to compete at such a level. Both teams took to the ice at the Gulf Cup earlier this year, but neither would end up successful as UAE managed to win it for the third straight time.

Taipei City will also host the 2015 Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia, as well as the U18 Division III World Championships in late March.

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