Plan B for Arul

The heat is on: A total of 38 players have been undergoing training since Oct 5 at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: National hockey coach A. Arul Selvaraj prefers to look at the positives and not dwell on the negatives.

With the Klang Valley on conditional movement control order (CMCO), it could jeopardise Arul’s plans with the national players who are training at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

But the coach is unperturbed as he still has Plan B.

“The National Sports Council are working on the standard operating procedures and we will be able to know it soon.

“I have got my plan ready, but we can only execute it after the procedures are known. There’s no problem. I take everything on a positive note.

“It actually empowers the players because if there is no training, they have to be accountable and responsible for their actions. It actually gives them a chance to work harder.”

A total of 38 players have been undergoing training since Oct 5 and Arul will finalise his 25-man squad on Nov 2.

The players are in preparation for several competitions next year which includes the Asian Champions Trophy in Bangladesh from March 11-19.

Meanwhile, Arul is delighted that former national coach Paul Revington is back with the Malaysia Hockey Confederation set-up.

The 47-year-old South African was unveiled as the technical director for the national development squad yesterday.

“He will also be monitoring the national team, but he is here mainly to develop our game.

“He’ll be spending more time in the development programme. It’s good to have him back.”

Revington will spearhead the soon-to-be-launched National Hockey Development Programme (NHDP) as well as monitoring the men and women’s project squads led by Wallace Tan and Nasihin Nubli.

Revington led Malaysia to qualify for the World Cup for the first time after 12 years in 2014.

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