Lissek gets ex-international Arulselvaraj as his assistant

KUALA LUMPUR: The coaching set-up in the national hockey team will see a slight change with former international A. Arulselvaraj being promoted as assistant to chief coach Paul Lissek. 

Earlier this year, Arulselvaraj was named as one of the two assistants to national juniors coach Sarjit Singh for the 2005 Junior World Cup challenge. The other is Tai Beng Hai.  

However, during a coaching committee meeting on Monday, Lissek had asked that Arulselvaraj be made his assistant.  

Beng Hai will remain with the junior team and help Sarjit prepare the team for the Poland Junior invitational tournament later this month. 

Previously, Yahya Atan was assistant coach and went with the team to South Africa for the Champions Challenge.  

Yahya remains with the national set up, as he is also chief coach of the national under-16 team. But it was not clear what role he will play in the national team. Yahya is a full time coach seconded to the National Sports Council. 

Sarjit is also a full time coach with the NSC while Beng Hai and Arulselvaraj are part-timers. 

Lissek requested for the change at the meeting after briefing the committee on the team's performance at the Champions Challenge where they finished in last place. 

MHF secretary S. Satgunam said yesterday that the coaching committee had agreed to the change, as they wanted to give Lissek a free hand in coaching aspects. 

“He requested for a change and we have agreed to it. The changes will take effect immediately,” he added. 

The coaching committee also decided at the meeting that Beng Hai and coaching committee secretary Dr Balbir Singh would attend the next FIH coaching course, which will be held in conjunction with the Asia Cup, which will be held at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil from Sept 21-28. 

FIH top coaches, Maurits Hendrik from Spain who is also a FIH Master Coach and FIH coaching manager Tayyab Ikram will conduct this course.  

Presenters at the course will also include Malaysian national coach Paul Lissek and Pakistan's Tahir Zaman. 

Last month, Sarjit and Arulselvaraj were sent to the FIH coaching course in South Africa during the Champions Challenge. 

The coaching committee also decided to bring in six coaches for an attachment programme with the national team when they begin training for the Asia Cup. 

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