OLAK CRY FOUL

Threaten to with­draw from JHL af­ter not be­ing al­lowed to re­place play­ers

New Straits Times - - Sport - JUGJET SINGH jug jet@nst.com.my

OLD La Sal­lians Aso­ci­a­tion of Klang (Olak) are cry­ing foul be­cause they are not be­ing al­lowed to change two play­ers for the Ju­nior Hockey League which be­gins this week­end.

Olak, who have re-branded them­selves as Olak-NurIn­safi, are even ready to pull out of the tour­na­ment if they are not al­lowed to do so.

“We un­der­stand that the reg­is­tra­tion of play­ers closed on March 15 and we did sub­mit our name list. How­ever, two of our play­ers can’t make it due to var­i­ous rea­sons and I ap­plied on com­pas­sion­ate grounds to make changes.

“But the tour­na­ment di­rec­tor re­jected it, say­ing that he will fol­low the rules and we need to show a med­i­cal cert to make changes. These boys have dif­fer­ent prob­lems, and we feel vic­timised, as we have been given the runaround on a small mat­ter,” said Olak-NurIn­safi man­ager Joseph de Silva.

De Silva is also peeved that af­ter ap­prov­ing the JHL fix­tures to start on March 31, he re­ceived an email stat­ing that three matches on that day, in­clud­ing Olak’s, will be post­poned to al­low sports school boys to play in the Asian Un­der-18 Schools Cham­pi­onship in In­dia.

“I re­ceived the email on March 25, say­ing that the March 31 matches will be post­poned to the end of the JHL be­cause of the Asian Schools tour­na­ment.

“We have al­ready made book­ings for ac­com­mo­da­tion and travel as we were slated to play in Jo­hor Baru on Fri­day (at SSTMI) and on Sun­day in Batu Pa­hat.

“I be­lieve since they want us to can­cel our book­ings and travel ar­range­ments and pay a fine, the Malaysian Hockey Con­fed­er­a­tion (MHC) should also hear our case be­fore mak­ing a blan­ket judge­ment.

“Olak are the JHL pioneers and we will be play­ing in our 22nd year in the JHL. If the MHC can’t show some com­pas­sion to­wards us, we might as well with­draw,” said De Silva.

An­other team are also fac­ing the same pre­dic­ta­ment, as they can’t re­place a player who went AWOL af­ter sign­ing the con­sent form.

JHL tour­na­ment di­rec­tor P. Ku­gane­san said he is just go­ing by the book.

“As all are aware, reg­is­tra­tion closed on March 15 and play­ers can only be re­placed if the team man­age­ment can pro­vide a med­i­cal cer­tifi­cate to state that he is not fit, or in­jured and can’t play.

“As for the Asian Schools, I was in­formed by the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry that sports school play­ers from BJSS Thun­der­bolts, Pa­hang SS-Thun­der­bolts, and SSTMI-Thun­der­bolts will be in In­dia for the tour­na­ment.

“As such, we had to post­pone three matches in­volv­ing these teams on the first day of the JHL sea­son.

“Olak or other teams with these two prob­lems can ap­proach higher ranked of­fi­cials in the MHC if they feel they are be­ing vic­timised,” said Ku­gane­san.

Adam Nor­rodin

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