Malaysia in Junior World Cup – but can it stick to its schedule?


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia have confirmed their place in the junior World Cup but it’s unsure whether the tournament will take place.

The team have made the cut for the tournament scheduled from Nov 24-Dec 5 in India based on a point-system implemented by the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF).

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) will only know the fate of the tournament in two weeks.

Junior team manager I. Vikneswaran said due to the surge in Covid-19 cases in India, questions had been raised to the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and AHF on the status of the tournament.

“We want to know whether it will be held in India and what are the age and travel requirements. We have qualified, and we want to prepare the team,” he said.

“It’s unfortunate that this batch have to face this kind of adversity but they are strong and ready for anything.

“The junior boys have sparred with the seniors before the lockdown and now, they are confined to virtual training programmes.

“Soon, we need to get the players together and get everyone vaccinated.

“We are planning for a training stint abroad, and we are ready to face the challenges ahead. The next few months, we want the best exposure for the boys.”

Malaysia have participated in the junior World Cup 10 times with their best effort being fourth place, which they achieved at three editions in 1979, 1982 and 2013.

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