KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia lost another World Cup hockey player Tuesday. R. Uthamarajah died after suffering a heart attack. He was 61.
The Kuala Lipis-born player, who was ninth among seven brothers and three sisters, featured in the 1978 World Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He was only the second player after his elder brother Patmarajah from the east coast to represent Malaysia in the World Cup.
Patmarajah, who featured in two World Cups – Holland (1973) and Kuala Lumpur (1975) – said that he was about to board a plane to Hong Kong from the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on Tuesday when he received the sad news at about 10.45am.
“After my brother quit playing hockey, he became a full-time tennis coach. He went to the Lakeview Club in Subang Jaya in the morning to train a doctor’s son when he suddenly collapsed.
“His body has been sent for a post-mortem and I believe he died of a heart attack,” said Patmarajah, who was supposed to represent Malaysia in the Grand Masters (above 60 years) competition in the Asian Cup hockey tournament which begins in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
Patmarajah said that the cremation would be done on Thursday.