Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Monday, February 6, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017
With Canada withdrawing from the Round 2 of the World League scheduled to be held in Dhaka next month, there is a possibility that Malaysia may now replace Canada.
Canada withdrew from the tournament in security concerns and a decision needs to be made by FIH as to who will replace Canada.
Malaysia are scheduled to play in the Round 2 event in Trinidad & Tobago and should FIH switch Malaysia to replace Canada, it will be good as the teams in Dhaka are not that strong.
The Round 2 World League in Dhaka is scheduled from March 4 to 12.
Canada, who are 11th in the world, had been drawn along with Bangladesh, Oman and Fiji in one of two groups for the World League Round 2 event. China, Egypt, Ghana and Sri Lanka are in the second group.
The FIH (International Hockey Federation) has informed us that Canada will not participate in this tournament due to security concerns," the Bangladesh Hockey Federation's general secretary Abdus Sadequesaid
Ironically it will be interesting to see if Malaysia will go to Dhaka as they cited security concerns for not participating in the AHF Under 18 tournament last year in Dhaka.
Canada is the second country to pull out of a hockey tournament in Bangladesh since militants killed 22 people in an attack on a cafe in Dhaka last July. Most of the victims were foreigners.
Japan withdrew their team from the Under-18 Asia Cup in August on security ground as seven of their citizens were among the victims of the cafe attack.
Australia's cricket team also pulled out of a scheduled tour to Bangladesh in late 2015 over security fears.
England's cricket team did tour Bangladesh in October last year after the authorities accorded them security normally reserved for visiting heads of state.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Teams participating in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League are up in arms over a decision that does not make sense.
Initially the teams were told that the MHHL would start in late March but a revised circular has stated that the MJHL will now commence on Match 2.
But the National Under 16 has been scheduled from March 18 to March 26 in Kota Kinabalu.
Thus many teams contacted this blog to voice their displeasure that the MJHL will take a break for the Under 16.
They cited two main grouses - states will not release players to the clubs and also inadequate preparations coupled with rising costs of training teams should there be a break.
The teams rather have the MJHL start as planned before, which is the end of March and to be completed before the fasting month commences in the end of May.
A total of 22 teams had initially confirmed entities in December but the figure has now grown to 32 teams with the closing date extended to February 6.
Ironically no calling of entities has been done for the National Under 16, which will cater for boys and girls yet despite the event being held in March in Kota Kinabalu.
Teams will have to cater for their own board and lodging and the question of flights payments also needs to be sorted out.
On top of that the Teo teams in the MJHL from Sabah want their home matches to be played in Kota Kinabalu and it will be left to be seen if this will actually happen as teams from the Peninsular might be put off by the cost of flying to East Malaysia.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Giving credit where it's due is what this blog has advocated since it was first published.
The fear of the women's Hockey team to qualify for the Round 3 deserves all the plaudits and pat on the back as they defied odds to achieve something that was thought to be beyond them.
Women's hockey always had the ability to perform, deliver, succeed, yet they were never given a fair opportunity by sone quarters who only wanted to project self interest.
Hence this blog, while applauding and congratulation the likes of coach K. Dharmaraj and his assistants in the likes of Nor Saliza Ahmad Soobni, Lailin Abu Hassan, Roslan Jamaluddin and K. Gobinathan, wishes also to put on record a pat on the back to the MHC Coaching Committee led by Dato Ow Soon Kooi.
It was Ow and his committee that revolutionised women's Hockey as they overcame several objections to install Dharma has the head honcho for women's Hockey.
Ow knew that Dharma had the special ingredient to take women's hockey to greater heights and despite several hindrances, Ow persisted with his choice Abd the rest as we now see was history being created.
Others will be Jinping on the bandwagon to take credit and take the bows, but it was a visionary Ow plus a hard working Dharma that made this possible.
Dharma has proven his ability time and again and the win over Italy will probably Prive his detractors wrong once and for all.
Dharma has passion, something many claim they have, for he eats, sleeps and dreams hockey.
The scrawny Malacca lad that I came to know in 1987 is known to speak his mind, but this time around I hope he keeps his feet firmly on the ground.
This is hopefully the start to better times for women's hockey, neglected for two decades no thanks to the selfishness of ab individual who will no doubt be laying claim to a throne that was never her doing in the first place.
Go do what you have always done Dharma, coach with all you have, and thank you Ow for daring to stand your ground when change was necessary.