Higher costs for MHL won’t stop MHC from making it a success

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) are committed to make the 2021 Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) a success even though the costs are expected to exceed RM2mil.

MHC president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal said the increased costs were due to the league having to comply with stringent standard operating procedure (SOP), including the concept of the sports bubble for the league competition scheduled to begin from March 11 to April 3.

In the MHL bubble, all players, coaches and officials involved will be accommodated in the same place and will not be allowed to leave or mingle with those outside of the bubble.

“I think the figure of RM300,000 is not right, just imagine for hotel accommodation, food and drink, transportation, all need to be well taken care of to show we are the best.

“We will do whatever the government ask us to do, (to prove that) we can organise the league well without any hiccups and we can be a role model for any sport in the country.

“It might take RM2mil. We have to struggle to find sponsors for accommodation, besides the great assistance provided by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).

“But it (MHL) is going to happen in March, ” he said, during a media conference to announce a special grassroots programme training centre at the National Hockey Stadium.

Previously, MHC competitions committee chairman Datuk Seri Anil Jeet Singh said costs for the MHL sports bubble to house around 600 people beginning March 10 was estimated to be RM300,000.

He also confirmed that all eight teams for the men’s category and six teams for the women’s category that have registered will continue their participation. — Bernama

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