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GE13: Making time for sports

Supportive: Subahan (left) mingling with hockey participants. Supportive: Subahan (left) mingling with hockey participants.

TAMAN Templer Barisan Nasional candidate for GE13 Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal took time off from his hectic campaign schedule recently to be part of the Selangor Hockey Association (SHA) inaugural district hockey development programme.

The half-day programme, for the Under-12 age group, was held at SK Taman Prima Selayang and about 270 participants, from 24 schools in the Gombak district, attended.

Subahan, SHA president and Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) vice-president, said he was committed towards the development of hockey at the grassroots level.

“Due to lack of turfs, we are concerned about the future of hockey. However, we are trying to keep things going by creating opportunities for the boys and girls.

“Based on the response, we believe we are on the right track,’’ said the incumbent assemblyman.

National coach Paul Revington, his assistant Arul Selvaraj and former national skipper Mirnawan Nawawi were also present to share their experiences with the participants.

The participants underwent various skills challenges and there was also a dedicated station for goalkeepers.

Mirnawan said SHA’s steps to initiate the coaching programme was praiseworthy.

“I am impressed by the turnout. The SHA should continue with this effort and organise similar programmes in other districts as well,’’ he said.

Subahan, who was the team manager for the Malaysian football team which won the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup as well as the 2009 SEA Games, said he believes sports was an important activity to bring Malaysians together.

Besides Subahan, Sri Andalas’ Barisan candidate T. Mohan is also active in sports.

He is the president of Kabaddi Association of Selangor and the Malaysian Indian Football Association.

Recently, he organised a football coaching clinic and badminton clinic for children in Klang.

Mohan, who is also the chairman of the Malaysian Indian Sports and Cultural Foundation, said the clinics were conducted by qualified coaches.

Kelana Jaya Barisan candidate Loh Seng Kok, is the president of the Petaling District Tenpin Bowling Association and he has been touching base with the residents in the parliamentary constituency by initiating bowling programmes.

Recently, Loh supported the Petaling Perdana District Schools Sports Council bowling championships.

Meanwhile, Datuk Lim Choon Kin, who is contesting in Damansara Utama, and Petaling Jaya Selatan Barisan candidate Sheah Kok Fah are actively involved in squash.

Selangor caretaker Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is the president of the Football Association of Selangor (FAS).

He took over the helm after becoming the mentri besar in 2008 as per the FAS constitution.

Titiwangsa Barisan candidate Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani, , is the Football Association of Kuala Lumpur (KLFA) vice-president while Lembah Pantai independent candidate Rosli Baba is a qualified football coach and a council member of the KLFA.

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