MHC chief stays clear of con­tro­versy

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE Malaysian na­tional men’s hockey squad may have qual­i­fied for next year’s World Cup, but all that shine is over­shad­owed by the con­tro­versy over the sud­den res­ig­na­tion of Malaysian Hockey Con­fed­er­a­tion (MHC) vice pres­i­dent and coach­ing chair­man Datuk Ow Soon Kooi.

MHC pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Suba­han Ka­mal did not want to be drawn into the mat­ter, es­pe­cially in re­gard to is­sues raised by Soon Kooi.

Suba­han, when met yes­ter­day at the Te­naga Na­sional Ber­had (TNB) spon­sor­ship event for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games and 9th Para Asean Games (KL2017), re­fused to be in­ter­viewed by the me­dia.

“I’m sorry but I have other mat­ters to look into,” he said.

On Wed­nes­day, Soon Kooi re­vealed a num­ber of rea­sons that al­legedly made him re­sign abruptly.

Ac­cord­ing to him, there were three main con­tribut­ing fac­tors.

Firstly, it was due to tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Terry Walsh’s in­con­sis­tent stand on the na­tional team’s poor penalty cor­ner ex­e­cu­tion in the World League sec­ond round in Dhaka, Bangladesh and at the Sul­tan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh.

Soon Kooi also ques­tioned the health of Joel Van Huizen (the son of na­tional hockey coach Stephen Van Huizen), who col­lapsed twice at the World Hockey League in Dhaka, but was still named to the na­tional squad.

Soon Kooi also ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment over the MHC’s de­ci­sion to hire Paul Lis­sek as con­sul­tant to the na­tional in­door hockey squad for the Sea Games this month, and pay­ing him six times more than the agreed sum.

Soon Koi’s po­si­tion has since been taken over by for­mer in­ter­na­tional Soon Mustafa.

Mean­while, TNB be­came a gold spon­sor of the KL Sea Games when it pledged a sum of be­tween RM3 mil­lion and RM7.5 mil­lion in cash and kind (gen­er­a­tors and other equip­ment) to be­come the Of­fi­cial En­ergy Part­ner for the bi­en­nial Games.

TNB also handed RM52,000 in in­cen­tives to the na­tional men’s hockey squad that qual­i­fied for the 2018 World Cup in In­dia.

The spon­sor­ship event, held at the TNB Sports Com­plex Mul­ti­pur­pose Hall in Kuala Lumpur, saw the Malaysian Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee for the Games (MASOC) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Seri Zolk­ples Em­bong ink­ing an agree­ment with TNB chief cor­po­rate of­fi­cer Datuk Rosland Ab­dul Rah­man, which was wit­nessed by Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din.

The to­tal spon­sor­ship for KL2017 has sur­passed the RM100 mil­lion mark. Aida Adi­lah Mat

PIC BY LUQMAN HAKIM ZUBIR

Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din, Te­naga Na­sional Ber­had chief cor­po­rate of­fi­cer Datuk Wira Roslan Ab Rah­man (fifth from left), Malaysian Sea Games Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Seri Zolk­ples Em­bong (eighth from left), OCM pres­i­dent Tunku Im­ran Tuanku Ja'afar (fourth from left) and Malaysian Hockey Con­fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Suba­han Ka­mal (third from left) and the na­tional hockey play­ers at the TNB spon­sor­ship event for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games and 9th Para Asean Games yes­ter­day.

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