PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) competitions committee will have to reverse their decision to cancel the national Under-21 tournament this year.
The MHF deputy president, Tunku Abdul Majid Idris, said yesterday that it was an important tournament on their calendar and he would ask the council to direct the competitions committee to stage it.
Last Saturday, the committee cited the lack of time in their decision to cancel the tournament. The Under-21 meet was initially scheduled for March and then postponed to May.
I am disappointed with the committee for making the decision without consulting with the council. It is an important tournament in our development programme for the sport. We have five months left on our calendar and we must stage it, said Tunku Majid.
The competitions committee in making the decision took into account the commitment of national juniors for several international tournaments.
The juniors will feature in an eight-nation meet in August and they will also play in the Singapore invitational tournament in October. In December, they will join the seniors for the Korat SEA Games.
The unavailability of the national juniors should be an issue. Are there no other players in the state teams? Many states already have their Under 21 teams ready and they usually use the national tournament as part of their preparation for Sukma (Malaysia Games), said Tunku Majid.
I don't see any problem in getting teams to participate.
I will raise the matter at the MHF council meeting (in Kuala Lumpur) on Saturday and ask them to overturn the competitions committee's decision.