Ministry probes hockey players

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 20 Aug 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry will investigate allegations that two national hockey players “misbehaved” while in South Africa during the Champions Challenge last month. 

This follows a news report that they had allegedly brought women to their rooms the night before Malaysia’s classification match against England in the tournament. The news report, however, did not name the two players. 

“I have never tolerated indiscipline. We have always been hard when it comes to these matters.  

“We have no room for indiscipline in our sports, especially when our objective is to produce world class athletes,” said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein after chairing the National Youth Consultative Council meeting here yesterday. 

Malaysia, who had beaten England 4-1 in their opening round-robin match, lost 3-2 in the classification match against England and finished last in the six-team tournament. 

On another matter, Hishammuddin praised 17-year-old Ng Shu Wai for being the first Malaysian gymnast to qualify on merit for the Olympics. 

Ng booked his ticket to the Athens Olympics after finishing among the top eight in the floor exercise in the World Championships in Anaheim, California on Sunday. 

Ng underwent a four-month intensive training programme in Beijing before the qualifier.  

“We are really proud as gymnastics is not one of our traditional sports,” said Hishammuddin.  

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