Sunday, August 30, 2009


While the MHF Competitions Committee met yesterday to approve it's calendar for 2010, therre was drama before the meeting proper got underway.

One of Kuala Limpur's representatives was told to leave the meeting as each state was only allowed one representative but KL had two officials at the meeting. The said official was no longer a representative as he had stepped down as the committee's secretary a few months ago while the other representative was the deputy chair of the commiittee, a non existent position going by the constitution. There were heated exchanges and the matter is expected to be deliberated at a yet to be determined council meeting.

Back to the calendar, MHF passed off an opportunity to have the top ranked world teams play in the Azlan Shzh when it opted to hold the tournament in June instead of January, prior to the World Cup. It will be held June 26 to July 4.

Another interesting development was to open participation of the MHL Premier League to clubs from Singapore and asking UniKL to sort out it's affiliation status.

While the MHL will see the participation of these new teams it will be heartbreak for Uitm and Airod as the commiittee decided they can only play in the Premier League in the 2010 edition and not in this years MHL although the two teams gained promotion. The positive side is that one match each Friday will be shown live over ESPN.

Johor will host the 2010 Razak Cup from 24 March to 4 April, prior to the Under 16 event to be held in Sabah from 6 to 14 March. The Under 14 tournament will be held in Penang from Nov 6 to 14 while the host of the Champions School to be held from 17 to 23 July is yet to be determined.

The committee also approved a subsidy of RM5000 to states for the Razak Cup while it is RM4000 for age group events.

However all these decisions are subject to approval from the Council.