KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) will inspect all the venues that will be used in the MHF-Milo-NSC-Admiral Junior Hockey League before the competition begins on Feb 7.
The 22-team league will see a total of 12 stadiums being used by the various teams. All 10 teams in Division One will play in different venues.
MHF secretary S. Satgunam said the technical officials would begin the inspection from today and submit their reports by next week. Any venue found to be in bad condition would not be allowed to host matches.
We have been told by the teams that the pitches are all playable and we have accepted their entries on good faith. But past experience has taught us that sometimes the teams do not have any control of the pitches and they are not in good condition. We will make a thorough inspection and ensure the stadiums have proper facilities besides a well kept pitch, he said yesterday.
One stadium that has been used regularly in the junior league, the Petaling Jaya Hockey Stadium has been declared unfit for use. The pitch is worn out and needs to be resurfaced.
MPPJ have agreed to move their matches to the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The other venues that are a cause of concern for the MHF are the pitches in Seremban, Kuantan, Bertam and the new stadium in Kangar.