Home > Sport > Other Sports
Thursday April 25, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:47:14 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: Six national hockey players studying in local universities will not be allowed to feature in the World Student Games in Kazan, Russia, from July 7-15.
The six are Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim, Mohd Sukri Abdul Mutalib, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, Nabil Fiqri Mohd Nor, Mohd Faiz Helmi Jali and Mohd Fitri Saari.
Twelve teams – Malaysia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Poland, South Africa, Ukraine and hosts Russia – will feature in the World Student Games.
This is the first time that Malaysia are featuring in hockey in the Games.
Malaysian Hockey Confede-ration (MHC) secretary Johari Aziz said that the services of the six players were needed in the national team, whose priority is the World League semi-finals in Johor Baru from June 29-July 7.
“The tournament in Johor is very important as it offers teams a chance to qualify for next year’s World Cup in The Hague, Holland,” said Johari.
“We want the national players to focus on the World League semi-finals ... we can send other players to the World Student Games.”
Eight teams will feature in the World League semi-finals and the top four will qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
Besides 13th-ranked Malaysia, the other teams are world No. 1 Germany, England, Argentina, South Korea, Pakistan, South Africa and one more team that will be decided later.
Malaysia last qualified on merit for the World Cup in 1998 in Utrecht, Holland and they last featured in the 2002 edition when Kuala Lumpur was the host.
If Malaysia fail to finish in the top four in Johor, they’ll have another chance to qualify for the World Cup – by triumphing in the Asia Cup, to be held in Ipoh in August.
Tags / Keywords:
Others, Sport, Sport, Sport, National hockey players, world student games
More flak over ‘sexy’ sports attire
No stopping the PFS boys
Run with your sarong!
Jabra Sport Coach Wireless: A personal coach in your ear
A sixer for Royal Klang Club
Crucial WADA meetings begin under veil of secrecy
Citroen to take a year out of world championship
Exclusive - Brazil's Petrobras corruption investigators to probe Olympic contracts
Aaliyah comes undone at world waterski meet in Mexico
After Sochi build, anti-doping fix is child's play - Pound
Five reasons Malaysia is a top talent destination
Air Asia free seat promotion begins today
Focusing on helping students go the right path
Zombie data: draining life byte by byte
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)