Under-16 Invitational Hockey 5s promises thrilling matches

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  • Thursday, 04 Dec 2014

From left: Selangor Hockey Association secretary P. Kuganesan, Nestle Marketing Manager Ng Ping Loong, UPM Sports Academy head Dr. Shamala Subramaniam and Malaysian Hockey Confede

KUALA LUMPUR: Fast and furious.

That’s the kind of game hockey fans can expect in the Under-16 Invitational Hockey 5s on Dec 13 at the Education Ministry Turf in Jalan Pantai.

Twenty teams will be competing in the second edition of the tournament, which is jointly organised by the UPM Sports Academy, Milo, Sports Unite and the Selangor Hockey Association (SHA); sanctioned by the Malaysian Hockey Confede­ration (MHC); and supported by the Ministry of Education.   

The tournament will see 12 teams in the boys’ category and eight in the girls section.

UPM Sports Academy head Dr S. Shamnala said yesterday that Hockey 5s is being actively promoted by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and “is also the format for the Youth Olympics”.

“This a fast-paced game and one that is slowly catching up.

“We had a good response from the teams but were unable to accommodate them since it is just a one-day event. We’ll look at making it a bigger event next year,” she said at the launch of the event at the OCM Building on Thursday.

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