Monday, August 17, 2009


Is the Tun Razak Cup relevant towards the promotion and development of hockey in Malaysia?

Or is being held just because it is part of the Malaysian Hockey Federation calendar?

And if the word of the theorists is to be taken, then it is held because MHF is dearth of ideas and allows certain personalities a chance to gain the support from states, provision of subsidy in exchange for votes in the next AGM?

Let’s not base this on assumptions but rather on hard facts and figures to get to the bottom of the matter. Some may say this is a complete waste of time, but I rather look at it in a positive manner as MHF must awaken from its slumber.

From a total of 288 players registered to play in the Tun Razak Cup, 68 of them were born in 1990 or after, thus making them below 19 years of age. This includes 18 players from the Project 2013 Squad and as well as 1 from Singapore and 3 from Brunei. Thus effectively the affiliates contribute 46 players below the age of 19, an average of 3 players per affiliate.

Then we have players born between 1980 and 1990, the numbers being 177 players. Here we are looking at players whose ages range between 20 and 29 years old. Of the 177 players some 103 are eligible to play in the Under 23 Tournament that MHF revived after 24 years. (For the record the last Under 20 and Under 23 Tournaments were held in 1985 for the Dato Alagendra and Aziz Durairatnam trophies respectively).

Next we have players who are from 30 to 40 years old, and this is where it becomes a bit frightening as there are 41 players in this age range while 2 players, Gary Fidelis and Louis Gregory are in the 40 to 50 age group while Derek Fidelis holds the rare distinction of being the only player above 50 playing in the Razak Cup.

I will let readers digest these figures and will also touch on MHF organizational priorities and abilities in my second part later today.