Published: Tuesday August 5, 2014 MYT 6:30:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday August 5, 2014 MYT 6:39:32 PM

Hockey coach Dharmaraj’s fate will be known next week

KUALA LUMPUR: Under-fire national hockey coach K. Dharmaraj faces uncertainty on two fronts.

First his fate as national coach is in the balance following the team’s dismal show at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow which ended on Sunday. And to add to his woes there is still no decision on the showcause letter issued by the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) last month.

Dharmaraj is now focussing on the Asian Games which will be held in Incheon, South Korea from Sept 19-Oct 4.

He is expected to leave for Holland on Aug 11 with a squad of 24 players for a three-week training-cum-playing stint.

But a decision on his fate is set for Aug 16 during the MHC’s council meeting.

It is learnt that the MHC plan to discuss in Dharmaraj’s position and also review the report on the recent World Cup outing where the last-placed squad failed to win a single match.

On the showcause letter, MHC secretary general Datuk Mohamed Johari Abdul Aziz said the disciplinary board will decide whether to pursue the matter.

“Dharmaraj’s reply has been forwarded to the board. They will decide if there is a case to answer.

“The council meeting is also in the offing and the matter of the coach will be discussed at that time,” he added.

The team have come in for a fair amount of criticisms in Glasgow after their 2-4 defeat at the hands of minnows Trinidad and Tobago.

Malaysia, who were not set any target, paraded a mixed team of juniors and senior players.

The main core of players who will spearhead the Asian Games challenge stayed back in KL.

The Asiad squad have been set a gold medal target as it is an Olympic Games qualifier.

Malaysia will have the likes of India, Pakistan, South Korea, China and Japan in Incheon.

Tags / Keywords: K Dharmaraj, hockey, Asian Games, Incheon, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow


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