PETALING JAYA: The national hockey team coaching staff will have to think out of the box when the players resume training on May 18.
Due to the movement control order, the players can’t use the National Sports Institute gymnasium or other gyms for their strength and conditioning sessions.
As they can only train at the National Hockey Stadium, coach A. Arulselvaraj is thinking of bringing some weights and equipment there for them to do their gym work.
“It’s a difficult situation as we don’t have international games, with the Asian Champions Trophy only happening in October. We need to work on the players’ strength and conditioning but we’re not allowed to use the gyms, ” said Arulselvaraj.
“We will improvise by bringing some weights and gym equipment to the stadium. I can’t be sitting at home and doing only online training.
“I’m glad that the National Security Council have allowed us to use the stadium to train. We’re still able to conduct a five-month programme thanks to them.”
After playing four games against Japan and Great Britain, the national team had looked forward to the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup but its cancellation has disrupted their plan to play more matches.
Even a planned trip to Spain in early July for some games had to be cancelled.