MHC hope two domestic tourneys will proceed as planned

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) Competitions Committee are hopeful of holding two domestic hockey tournaments by the end of this year.

The Tun Abdul Razak Cup 2021 tournament is scheduled to be held from Nov 10-20 while the Malaysia Junior Hockey League (MJHL) 2021 has been slated to take place from Nov 26 to Jan 2, 2022.

MHC Competitions Committee chairman Datuk Seri Dr Anil Jeet Singh said the two tournaments will be organised in accordance with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the National Security Council (MKN), the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Youth and Sports Ministry.

“The organising of these two tournaments will continue this year. We have planned and arranged the schedules well in addition to taking into account enough time for every player to be vaccinated.

“We will hold a more detailed discussion on July 25 to set the venues for these two tournaments and the SOPs to be complied with.

“It is important we plan these things well, especially the MJHL 2021 tournament as it involves teenagers who are still in school, ” said Anil in a statement.

He added that the age limit for MJHL 2021 has been raised from under-19 to under-21 for this edition with two divisions contested for the men’s category while the women’s will have one division.

The MHC had received 10 entries from division one and 14 entries from division two teams for the men’s category, while a total of 14 teams had submitted entries for the women’s category.

The MJHL was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic but the Tun Abdul Razak Cup 2020 was held successfully without resulting in any Covid-19 cases among the players and officials involved.

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