Joel back on his feet and raring for action


PETALING JAYA: You can’t keep Joel van Huizen down for long.

Just days after collapsing on the field, Maybank’s key player is back in good spirits and is waiting to get the clearance to play again after a meeting with the doctor tomorrow.

In his absence, Maybank went on to beat TNB Thunderbolts 5-0 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Thursday.

Joel will miss the match against UiTM today as a precautionary measure but he is cool with it.

The former national player revealed that he has long QT syndrome (LQTS). It’s a heart rhythm condition that causes fast chaotic heartbeats that can cause a person to faint.

Joel admitted that he had reduced the dosage of his medication prior to the incident on Thursday.

“I have been diagnosed with the ailment since 2017 after I collapsed against Bangladesh. Since then, I’ve been on medication, but last year, I reduced the dosage. It could have caused my collapse, ” revealed Joel.

He thanked the medical team for giving him immediate attention before sending him to the hospital. He also appreciated his supportive parents, who remained calm as they knew about his condition.

“Initially, they were slightly concerned. But they were calm as they knew that the lower dosage could have triggered it.

“I will see what the doctors say, probably I will be advised to go back to my normal dosage.

“I was quite disappointed I could not complete the match but health come first.

“If I get the all-clear, I will rejoin the team with permission from the Malaysian Hockey Confederation.”

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