KANGAR: There seems to be confusion in the match format for the Sukma hockey games in Kangar.
According to tournament director Hashim Mohd Yusuf, team officials and players have complained that the hot and humid weather, with temperatures averaging 38°C, had affected their performance.
As such, the men’s and women’s matches which starts at 10.45am and 3pm, will now be played in four quarters instead of the usual two halves.
“To avoid any untoward incident, we have decided that the men’s and women’s matches will be played in four quarters.
“The format is similar to the one used in the Champions Challenge I tournament in Kuantan last month,” said Hashim.
Each quarter will last 17-and-a-half minutes with two minutes rest in between.
Hashim, however, added that matches starting at 7am, 8.45am and 4.45pm at State Sports Complex Hockey Turf and SMK Kuala Perlis Turf, will continue to be played in two halves of 35 minutes each.
But assistant tournament director Juriah Abdul Wahab Fenner, who is in charge of the women’s game, claimed she was not informed of the change in format for the affected matches.
“I will stick to format of two halves as the weather at SMK Kuala Perlis is not too hot,” said Juriah.
Players and team officials have also complained that there are no benches or chairs in the changing rooms at the State Sports Complex Hockey Turf.