AZERBAIJANI HOCKEY PLAYERS LEFT FOR ITALY
The qualifiers are due to be played from April 25 to May 6 in Rome. In the competition, 12 teams will be competing in two pools. Azerbaijan is drawn in pool B with Ireland, New Zealand, USA, Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Italy. The national team will first face New Zealand on April 25.
Top two teams in each group automatically cruise into the final while third and fourth-placed teams will have to clash in playoffs to book the fifth place in the final.