PETALING JAYA: National hockey defender Razie Rahim (pic) will turn 35 this year but he will not allow his age to stop him from dreaming big.
The man known for his mastery in penalty corners is bent on leading the team to play in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and another World Cup in 2023 before ending his illustrious career.
“This year is important. We have the Asia Cup, Commonwealth and Asian Games. We are targeting to get to the World Cup and Olympics, too,” said Razie.
“Every game is equally important. We have to be at our best.
“Age is not an obstacle for any athlete to perform on the international stage.
“As long as you keep your discipline and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you can play at any age.
“I aim to get to the World Cup and Olympics, that’s the motivation for me to continue in this sport.”
Razie is one of the leaders in the national team with 285 caps and has scored a whopping 107 goals.
The veteran remains one of the best defenders in the country and adds value to the team with his goals, which primarily comes from penalty corners.
Razie has played in the 2018 Bhubaneswar World Cup, three Asian Games (2010 Guangzhou, 2014 Incheon, 2018 Jakarta) and three Commonwealth Games (2010 New Delhi, 2014 Glasgow, and 2018 Gold Coast).
He came very close to qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics but Malaysia were beaten 3-1 in a penalty shootout by Japan after a dramatic Asian Games final which ended 6-6 in Jakarta.
Despite a challenging year in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Razie was happy to steer the team to a top 10 finish in the world.
“We were just a little unlucky not to participate in the Asian Champions Trophy,” he said.
“If we had been there, we could have gauged our strength against the other Asian teams before competing in the Asia Cup and Asian Games this year.”