Sunday, February 12, 2012


The 28 odd hockey officials that will be going to Dublin to watch and provide support for the national hockey team at the Olympic Qualifiers will undoubtedly be in "high" spirits.

This is because they will have a whale of a time based on the itinerary listed out by the Secretary General of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation.

Just look at the items highlighted in bold to further understand the situation. I believe that discretion ought to have been a key factor when listing out what these officials will be doing whilst in Dublin.

Wednesday 14th March
Met at Dublin Airport by Sports Tours Ireland representative. 
Transported by coach to the Hotel to check in.
Our tour guide will show you around some of the bars and restaurants in the area.

Thursday 15th March
Breakfast served in the Hotel.
Transported by coach to the Irish Hockey Stadium for the Olympic Qualifier.
Entry to the tournament provided.
Taken by coach back to your Hotel after the Hockey tournament.

Friday 16th March
Breakfast served in the Hotel.
A private coach will collect you at your Hotel and provide a City Tour of Dublin (all day)
This includes a tour guide and entry to the Guinness Storehouse Tour and the Croke Park Stadium Tour.
You will be dropped back to your Hotel after the tour

And for those who may not know about the Guiness Storehouse Tour, just a mild insight:

On the fourth floor we invite you to pour your very own Perfect Pint of GUINNESS®. Our experienced GUINNESS® Ambassadors will teach you the craft of pouring the Perfect Pint; you will receive a certificate,(...)

As the NST Sunday Feb 12 puts it:

IT is an uneven equation that will see the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) taking some stick. Twenty-eight MHC and  State HA officials will head for Dublin on March 14 to cheer on the national team in the Olympic Qualifiers on March 8-10 in Ireland. The 18 players, with    eight working officials and 28 MHC statewide officials, will bring the total Malaysians in Dublin  to  54. 

"Yes, 28 officials from the MHC and also State HA officials will be in Dublin to cheer the national players as agreed in an earlier meeting," said MHC president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah after the first MHC meeting in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

And his reasoning?  "We hope to qualify for the Olympics, and if that happens, it would be too expensive to take MHC officials to London for the Olympics and that's why a decision was taken to travel to Dublin and watch the players instead," said Tengku Abdullah.

The 28 officials will be from 16 state affiliates, six MHC vice-presidents, the MHC deputy president and three independent members, secretary and treasurer.

As The Star Sunday 12 views it:
The national hockey team will not be short of support at the Dublin Olympic qualifier from March 10-18.

A total of 28 high ranking officials of the Malaysian Hockey Confed-eration (MHC) will be in Dublin to cheer on the 18 players who will shoulder the burden of taking Malaysian hockey back into the Olympics.

In addition to the 28 cheerleaders, the team will also have eight support staff, which means a 54-strong contingent to the Irish capital.

The decision to send the officials to Dublin was confirmed by MHC president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah after an executive council meeting yesterday.