Purple League still in the pink and ready for May return

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Purple League (MPL) may finally make its comeback after a lapse of two years – pending the green light from the government.

MPL chief operating officer Ho Khek Mong said the organisers have already secured a title sponsor and are ready to roll out the sixth season in May if they get the approval.

“We are keen to bring the league back, it’s been two years since our fifth edition in 2018-2019, ” said Khek Mong.

“We’re thinking sometime around May, but it really depends on how the Covid-19 situation develops over the coming months.

“The league needs a lot of planning as it involves foreign players.

“We’re also waiting for the new SOP for the staging of international meets that’s due to be released next month.”

The MPL skipped the 2019-2020 season as most players were involved in the qualification campaign for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

It could not be held either last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But first, they would focus on restarting the Purple League Junior (PLJ), which was suspended in early October, in two weeks’ time. They managed to run only the first region challenge in Port Dickson.

This edition is unique as it is held in four locations with the next three slated in Ipoh, Puchong and Muar.

The top four teams in each city will make up the 16-team line-up for the Grand Finals.

The MPL organisers are buoyed following the successful staging of the just-concluded RM100,000 Top Glove-Purple League individual championships last week.

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