KOTA BARU: The Sepaktakraw Association of Malaysia (PSM) have accepted the reasons given by the five players who failed to report for national trials last month.
Coaching chairman Tengku Adnan Tengku Burhanuddin said the five players, all their early 20s, cited family problems and inability to get leave from their employers as the reasons in their replies to the showcause letters issued by PSM.
We are satisfied with their reasons. Furthermore, they replied to our showcause letters within the stipulated time, he said yesterday.
A total of 48 players were called up for the trials at the Panji Youth and Sports Complex from March 4-7 but 14 players failed to turn up.
The five failed to explain their absence and were issued the showcause letters.
Meanwhile, Tengku Andan said the 25 players who turned up for the first phase of national training in Bachok will be handled by national coaches, Jamaluddin Hassan, Iskandar Arshad, Hussin Mohd Sidin and Mohd Sahar Omar.
The PSM will select 20 players for the Agong's Cup Championship in Penang in June. Bernama
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