KUALA LUMPUR: Three players in the national hockey team will complete a full dose of having featured in all major international competitions when they compete in the Samsung Champions Trophy, which will be held at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil from Nov 29-Dec 9.
They are Chua Boon Huat, Mohamed Madzli Ikmar and Jiwa Mohan. They hold the record of being members of the team for the World Cup, Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the Asia Cup.
Boon Huat and Madzli made their senior international debut in 1998 in Test matches against South Korea while Jiwa made his entry the following year.
And with Malaysia getting the chance to play in the Champions Trophy by virtue of being the hosts after the International Hockey Federation (FIH) withdrew the tournament from Pakistan because of security reasons, the trio get to chalk up another milestone in their career.
The 27-year-old Boon Huat said yesterday that he was looking forward to playing top flight hockey against the seven teams.
It is a great opportunity to get to play in a high-level tournament like the Champions Trophy and hopefully we will be able to get some good results, he said after a training session yesterday.
Boon Huat started off as a defender and he was the skipper of the national juniors who featured in the 2001 Junior World Cup Finals in Hobart. He now takes on the role of a striker and hopes to cap his performance in the Champions Trophy with several goals.
Madzli was also a member of the junior side in 2001 and like Boon Huat, commanded a place in the national senior side before he was dropped after the Doha Asian Games in December last year.
But a good performance in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) this season earned the 28-year-old defender a recall and he has regained his place in the first team.
The 26-year-old Jiwa was not in the silver medal-winning team of the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur but he got the chance to feature in the bronze medal-winning side in the 2006 edition in Melbourne.
National coach Sarjit Singh said yesterday that he was glad the three players would get to add another feather in their caps in the Champions Trophy tournament.
Sarjit had also featured in the Champions Trophy when Malaysia first hosted it in 1993. But he never got the opportunity to play in the Commonwealth Games. Hockey only made its Games debut in 1998 after he had retired.
It will be a good experience for them and I'm sure they will be motivated to perform well. The tournament offers quality matches as part of our preparations for the Olympic qualifiers next year, he said.
Malaysia start their campaign on Thursday against Australia. Their other opponents are Germany, Holland, Spain, Pakistan, South Korea and Britain.