Tan Sri P.Alagendra (centre) received the AHF Award for Excellence as Datuk Mohd Rahim Arilf (right) received the AHF Member of Honour while Dr S.Shamala received the President's Award by the Asian Hockey Federation Congress at the Concorde Hotel on Sunday. - RICKY LAI/ The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Tan Sri P. Alagendra has finally called it a day after 20 years of being at the helm of the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF).
He was the AHF secretary general from 1994 and acting president since June following the demise of the late Sultan Azlan Shah.
Alagendra, 85, believes that the AHF, under new president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, will move forward and “the numerous plans that have been laid will bear fruit”.
“I think it is fair to say that the late Sultan Azlan Shah has bequeathed the new president and his executive council with a working organisation that should stand the AHF in good stead,” said Alagendra, who was also made an honorary life president of the AHF by the Congress on Sunday.
“We have organised numerous competitions with emphasis on age-group development. The setting up of the AHF Academy in Ipoh is one of the highlights of our era.
“I believe it will help develop coaches, umpires and technical officials throughout the region.”
Tengku Abdullah praised Alagendra for his untiring efforts in helping develop Asian hockey.
Alagendra, along with the late Sultan Azlan Shah and long-serving vice-president Datuk Seri M. Ueda were honoured with the AHF Award for Excellence.
Two other Malaysians – Datuk Abdul Rahim Ariff (AHF Member of Honour) and Dr S. Shamala (AHF President’s Award) – were also honoured during the Congress.
Also present at the AHF Congress were the FIH president Leandro Negre and FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather.