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Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 4:56:00 PM
Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 4:57:44 PM
by aftar singh
KUALA LUMPUR: The national hockey team will have a tight schedule next year.
They will start training in January and play in their first tournament, the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, in Ipoh from March 6-16.
This will be followed by the Champions Challenge I tournament in Kuantan from April 25-May 4.
After a 12-year hiatus, Malaysia will again feature in the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Holland, from May 31-June 15.
Malaysia last featured in the World Cup in 2002 as the host.
The national team will also compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, from July 23-Aug 3.
Malaysia, who won the silver medal in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, will also feature in next year’s Asiad in Incheon from Sept 19-30.
Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) competitions committee chairman M. Gobinathan said that the national players would be busy playing in five major international tournaments until August.
“National coach Paul Revington says that he doesn’t want the national players to be released to play in the Razak Cup until after the Commonwealth Games,” said Gobinathan.
The 52nd edition of the Razak Cup next year will be held from Aug 14-24 and players released to play in the tournament will be subject to approval by the team management.
“The Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) Division One will be held in April because it does not feature any national players. The league will be played on weekends and is expected to be completed by June.
“After the Incheon Asiad, the national players will be released to play in the MHL Premier Division, which begins in October and ends in December,” said Gobinathan.
Next year’s Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) will begin in the second week of January and end by March.
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hockey, Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Champions Challenge I, 2014 World Cup, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games
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