PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Volleyball Association (Mava), in their bid to produce quality players, are planning to send potential national players on attachment stints with the giants of the game in Asia, namely China, Iran and Kazakhstan.
Mava president, Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai said their initial efforts to send players overseas had failed as most players were reluctant to go.
Now, they are hoping to provide better incentives to encourage their players to gain international exposure.
“We cannot be satisfied playing in local tournaments. They have to play the game at a higher level to improve. We hope to send a few players and, by doing so, raise the standard of our game,'' said Donald.
Speaking to reporters after receiving sponsorship from Clarion Car Audio and the flag handing over ceremony to the national team for the inaugural Asian women's under 1.75m height tournament at his office here yesterday, Donald said he hoped Malaysian sportsmen and sportswomen would portray more professionalism.
“We need to instil discipline in our sportsmen and for them to excel to greater heights. We believe Malaysia have good potential in volleyball and we can progress further at international level,'' said Donald.
Mava secretary Huang Soon Fook said the 1.75m game for the women and below 1.85m for the men was approved by the world body - FIVB – at its World Congress in Buenos Aires last September.
He said the new category was created mainly to suit Asian players, who have a height disadvantage.
He also hoped the event with height restriction would be made popular and turned into a medal sport before the 2005 SEA Games.
The Malaysian women's team, scheduled for the 1.75m tournament in Pattani, Thailand from June 24 to 30 are made up of mostly national trainees preparing for the Vietnam SEA Games in December.
The teams competing are hosts Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, North Korea, Hong Kong and Vietnam.