Friday, August 30, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is pleased to announce that the Hockey Champions Challenge 1 2014 events for men and women have been allocated to the Malaysian Hockey Confederation and Scottish Hockey respectively.
The Hockey Champions Challenge 1 is an international hockey event played every two years. Part of the Champions series of events, the Champions Challenge 1 is a key qualification route to the illustrious Champions Trophy which sees the world’s elite compete. Introduced in 2001, the event was set up by the FIH to broaden hockey’s competitive base at world level. The winners of the Champions Challenges 1 in 2014 qualify for the Champions Trophy in 2016.
Both Champions Challenge 1 events are set to be held during the same week starting at the end of April. The men’s event will be held between 26 April and 4 May 2014, with the women’s event starting one day later and also finishing on 4 May 2014.
The men’s event will take place at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium in Kuantan, the state capital of Pahang on the Eastern coast of Malaysia. The venue features two arenas, with a capacity of 7.500 spectators for the main field of play and around 3.500 for the second pitch, with both blue colour turfs laid in April 2012. The venue has previously hosted the Asia Cup in 2009 and a Hockey World League Round 1 event in 2012.
The women’s event will be held at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre at Glasgow Green, a newly constructed venue specially designed to host the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games which will be held from 23 July to 3 August next year. The Women’s Hockey Champions Challenge 1 will be the first international event at the venue which features two hockey pitches.
The men’s competition will include the following teams
- New Zealand (currently 5th in the FIH World Ranking)
- Spain (joint 6th)
- Korea (joint 6th)
- South Africa (12th)
- Malaysia (13th)
- Canada (14th)
- Ireland (15th)
- Japan (16th)
The women’s competition will include the following teams
- Korea (currently 8th in the FIH World Ranking)
- USA (10th)
- South Africa (11th)
- India (12th)
- Belgium (13th)
- Spain (14th)
- Ireland (15th)
- Scotland (19th)
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Does the Malaysian Hockey Confederation still exist or are they busy moon lighting and enjoying life as they seem to ignore the domestic scnario.
For the 51st tun Razak Cup is scheduled to commence on September 5 and the closing of entries was on August 26. However till today, August 28, no information with regards to the number of teams nor groupings or schedules have been released to the media.
Rather MHC is busy in Ipoh for the Asia Cup and also at the launch ceremony for the SOJC that will be held in Johor Baru on Thursday.
Getting their priorities right has never been their forte but the fact that MHC have committeess and paid staff to carry out daily responsibilities and yet do not do what they are supposed to do is worrying.
An international media personality also highlighted a pertinent question as to why MHC does not provide daily reports to be posted at the FIH Website as with the case of other continental confederations.
It was also learnt that the FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather actually sent an email to the AHF as to why their website was not updated.
Here we have MHC looking to bid for the 2018 World Cup, but they cannot even provide proper news on the Asia Cup.
Get your act right or get out, that is what those in MHC should do. You have done enough damage.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
As per world body's (FIH) norm, it is mandatory to play the national anthem of every team before an international tie.
Soon after Japan's national anthem was played, Chinese Taipei players were waiting for their national anthem but to their dismay it never started, forcing the organizers to announce that the anthem cannot be played due to some technical glitches.
When asked Chinese Taipei coach Chung Teng Wei about the glitch, he said: "It was not the ideal start to our match. My boys were obviously little disappointed that something like this happened with us.
"But you can't blame the organizers as well because it was a technical fault. It was out of their control. But we hope this sort of thing is not repeated in the tournament.
Chinese Taipei eventually succumbed to their second defeat in the tournament, losing 1-5to Japan.
In their tournament opener, Chinese Taipei were handed a 2-10 drubbing by hosts Malaysia on Saturday.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
The litany of lies emitting from the corridors of power at the National Hockey Stadium continue as the nation celebrates their re-entry into the World Cup.
The list is endless but here is some of the things that will be revealed over the next few days.
1) How jealousy almost cost Malaysia a place in the World Cup?
2) Top official who does not understand the difference of merit and rear entry.
3) The fiasco of the women's hockey team that is disgraceful?
4) That MHC takes more then a month to consider an appeal on salary.
5) CEO position- why only advertise on website that has less then 5k readers a month and why the delay?
6) The secretive constitution amendments and how it has been leaked.
7) A major blunder on the Razak Cup with regards to national junior players.
8) An update on the Gang of 5 and their latest plan to seek complete control.
9) There will be no MHL next year, not until October.
10) How a council member was told off for raising the issue of 4 states that did not conform to constitution.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
When Paul Revington was first allowed to speak to me by certain quarters who think they own Malaysian Hockey, I told him that Malaysia will qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
And I explained to him why I was confident. For Malaysia had a 16 year jinx in making the World Cup in merit.
Allow me to explain this further to most who are still wet behind their ears, especially to the newly formed Gang of Five who feel that they are Gods gift to Malaysian Hockey.
Malaysia qualified on merit to the 1982 Bombay World Cup via the 1981 Intercontinental Cup.
After that it was heartbreak in London 1986, Lahore 1990 and Sydney 1994.
In 1997 Malaysia hosted the World Cup Qualifiers and made it trough to the 1998 Utrecht World Cup.
We played in the 2002 World Cup as hosts and did not qualify on merit.
And next year Malaysia will be at The Hague, thanks to Argentina winning the Pan American Championships this morning defeating Canada 4-0 in the final.
After the completion of the two World League Semis, Korea, Spain, Malaysia and India- in that order were listed as reserves.
Korea has now qualified thanks to Argentina making it.
Spain will make it if they or either Germany, Holland, Belgiun or England win the ongoing European Championships.
That will leave Malaysia and we are expected to be confirmed once the Oceania Championships is over this November as Australia and New Zealand have already made it into the World Cup via the World League, hence a win by either team at the Oceania will guarantee Malaysia the spot.
But we could even make it by the end of Asia Cup later this month should Malaysia or Korea emerge champions.
A Korean win will eventually allow India into the World Cup as well. So Pakistan can deal a double blow to arch rivals India by winning the Asia Cup hence closing the door firmly shut on India.
Oh well let them fight it out for Malaysia has lived up to the 16 year jinx and well laid plans by the Group of Five are in smoke.
Rabobank Hockey World Cup – Men’s Qualifiers
Germany: 1st place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru (MAS)
Argentina: Pan American champions
England: 3rd place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru (MAS)
Belgium: 1st place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED)
Australia: 2nd place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED)
New Zealand: 4th place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED) *
Korea: 4th place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru (MAS).**
* Netherlands finished third in the Hockey World League Semi-Final event in Rotterdam. As they are already pre-qualified as the host, this means that the highest ranked fourth place finisher from both Semi-Final events earns direct qualification to the Rabobank Hockey World Cup. This place goes to New Zealand, who were fourth in Rotterdam and currently sit fifth in the FIH World Rankings.
** Korea qualified for World Cup as first reserve courtesy of Argentina’s victory in the Pan American Cup.
World Cup Qualification - The Next Stage
The remaining places at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup for men will be filled by the winners of the final four continental championships. However, if any of the above listed teams also becomes continental champion it will open the door to the teams that finished outside the top three at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals that have not yet qualified for the World Cup. These teams can be found below, in order of their placing in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals.
Spain: 5th in Rotterdam / 2nd reserve for World Cup *
Malaysia: 5th in Johor Bahru / 3rd reserve for World Cup *
India: 6th in Rotterdam / 4th reserve for World Cup
Friday, August 16, 2013
Faizal Saari will be making his debut in the German Hockey League in September.
And he joins a list of Malaysian players to oly their trade in the Bundesliga that will run from Seotember till November.
Faizal will don the colours of Berlin HC and leave after the Asia Cup and is exoectedly to feature prominently in the 16 matches that will run till November.
In 1997 there were five olayers who played in the German League, namely S.Kuhan and Kerpal Singh ( Limburg HC ), Nor Azlan Bakar and Chairil Anwar Abdul Aziz ( Frankfurt 1880 ) and R.Shankar ( Safo HC ).
In addition the late Chua Boon Huat turned out for Red White Munich in 2005.
"It is indeed a privilage to be considered to play in the German League. No doubt the exposure there will help me improve my game," said Faizal who played in the Australian League and the Indian Hockey League.
"I have secured the necessary release from the MHC and my employers and look forward to thr three month stint.
*My focus at the moment is to help the national team secure a berth in the World Cup."
National coach Paul Revington is helping Faizal with the nitty gritty part of his trio like finalising the negotiations and making the travel arrangenents.
"I have no issues of releasing him to play in the German League. I am currently helping him with his contract and other arrangements," said Revington.
*I hope more players will get a chance to play overseas and currently the window of the German league best suits our plans.
"There are a couple of players that should be playing overseas and we hope they too can secure places."
The stint for Faizal was made possible by Philip Stahr who played fot UniKL in the Malaysian Hockey League.
It is sad though that MHC have failed to get more players to ply their trade overseas thus making the grand pland outlined by Tengku Abdullah a mere pledge and nothing more then talk.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
" Hi bro this is ........from ........ipoh: how to I go about doing the pass for the Asia cup in ipoh n please keep me updated on any pre tournament press conference or other interesting stories in ipoh
Me email: firstname.lastname@example.org".
This was an SMS I received from an Ipoh based journakist with regards to the upcoming Asia Cup in Ipoh.
That was not the only correspondence I received for there were emails from India and Pakistan and not to mention the numerous phone calls seeking information on the event and accreditation as well.
One Malaysian journalist even went to the extent of forwarding his accreditation application to me after his email to the foul mouthed M.Selva of Perak HA was rejected by the server.
For all the incompetence of the Organising Committee, who never informed the media on the fact that the national team was training in Ipoh, that the Myanmar team id in town to train for the SEA Games and that Oman and India arrive in a day or two, I wonder what more it will take to show that Malaysia are now poor organisors.
This only proves one thing, God works in mysterious ways and despite holding positions the inability to deliver sticks out luke a sore thumb.
And why is there no news on Asia's top tournament and the Asian Hockey Federation website at all?
There are moves to launch a Perak HA website this week to incorporate the Asia Cup and this surely makes the Malaysian Hockey Confederation a laughing stock as a state body has usurped the powers of thr national body.
Not to forget that Perak HA has flaunted the regulations of the MHC and Sports Development Act 1977.
Friday, August 9, 2013
Malaysia were never meant to host the 2013 Mens Asia Cup.
But a chanced audience with His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah, the President of the Asian Hockey Federation on May 19,2012 changed that.
For I was summoned to appear before HRH at Istana Perak in Kuala Lumpur on that fateful morning to present the final draft of the SAS Cup souvenir program for a royal seal of approval.
Accompanying me was the then MHF Asst Secretary Hashim Yusof and also present was the Sultan's Aide de Camp Kol Dato Rahim.
After going through the draft meticulously, I handed over a copy of the 1975 World Cup Souvenir Program to HRH who then went through the pages and shared some stories.
It was then the conversation shifted to why Malaysia were finding it tough to qualify for the World Cup question was posed to me by HRH.
I then sought clarification from HRH as to why Singapore was given the hosting rights for the Asia Cup which offers a ticket to the World Cup.
HRH was startled and asked Kol Rahim if it was true and it was affirmed by Kol Rahim who said that the decision was made in March that year.
I further explained to HRH on the wisdom of having it in Malaysia and in particular in Ipoh, on the very blue turf that was paid for by HRH.
HRH then summoned several MHF officials and AHF Sec Gen Tan Sri P.Alagendra for a discussion that evening after the sponsorship presentation ceremony at the Concorde Hotel where he made his views clear and sought them to table a proposal at the AHF Council Meeting during the Azlan Shah Cup the following week.
After the AHF Meeting Tuanku went on to present the certificates for the AHF Academy and when leaving gestured me forward and introduced me to the FIH President Leandro Negre as his Media Officer.
And he said, the 2013 Asia Cup is in Ipoh next year so now you have two events to handle for me. I was honoured and it was also repeated to Dato Abd Rahim Md Ariff, the Perak HA President.
Well Rahim never lived up to it and made good his word as he has been manouvered by the foul mouthed M. Selva, the very person who was disrespectful to my late Mum by making fun of her condition when she was critical in a past midnight phobe call to me.
Thus I need to explain here that I have no role to play in the Asia Cup as many media friends assume that I will be running the media centre for the Asia Cup as was the case for the past 3 Azlan Shah Cups.
Dato Rahim lacks the authority nor the wisdom to make decisions and is truly not a man of his words.
As for Selva, perhaps I did not adhere to his bidding for it was a question of you scratch my back and I do yours, something I will not do for its a question of principles.
As for the Sultan of Johor Cup, I ought to clarify that I am not handling the Media nor the Website as I have not received payment from the organising committee and the matter is subject to a legal dispute.
Many assume that Hashim and I are akin to partners, but readers will be surprised to know that Hashim has stopped all communications with me ob July 4 and was not present at my Mums funeral and subsequent prayer ceremonies nor has he uttered condolences on the demise of Mum.
And to think I had virtually begged HRH Tengku Abdullah to give Hashim a second chance when Dato Rahim virtually left Hashim to fend for his own in July last year.
I may not hold the votes, but the pen is mightier then the sword Dato Rahim so let us wait and watch.
Let there be no more hanky panky in Perak for I am watching you. For you failed to be a gentleman.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
"I lost a great friend and a special player!
"They all referred to him as the boy with a pleasant smile.
Former National Hockey Coach
I was only back in 2010 by which time he was already drop from the team for reasons you are aware of in 2009. I would like to remember the good times early in his career when I was there up to 2002. Let's remember him for the great service to the nation and the sports of hockey.May his soul rest in peace. When he came back after given a chance by Paul you could see a new Chua who was very focused and he was playing well and scored some good goals esp in the SAS. He was the leader on a mission n passing on his experience n knowledge to the younger teammates.
Fate has taken him away at such a young age and while the team and the nation mourn his passing we take this
The team should take this period of grieve to bring them together and drive them to Focus all their energy effort t o play for him and win the Asia cup in his memory
That would be the best gift to honour him.