ABDUL Rahim Ahmad has represented the country in world cup, and now he has joined a long list of former players who want to help administer the sport instead.
Rahim, vice-president of the Selangor HA, was nominated by his state for the vice-president’s post for the Oct 31 elections.
Former skippers Mohindar Singh and Ow Soon Kooi have also been nominated for the veep position, while former international Abdul Hadi received Perak’s backing to stand for the deputy president’s post.
“I played for Malaysia from 1978 to 1986 alongside two other vice president aspirants Mohindar and Soon Kooi. It is nice to know that many former players are now returning to help the sport which helped them early in their lives,” said Abdul Rahim.
The vice president’s race will see eight aspirants and the other newcomers are Johari Abdul Aziz, Manjit Majid Abdullah.
The incumbents are Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Datuk Rahim Ariff and M. Gobinathan.
The president was returned unopposed when nominations closed, while the deputy president’s post will see four going to the ballot.
Incumbent Nur Azmi Ahamd is being challenged by MHF vice-president Datuk Dr S.S. Cheema, former deputy president Tunku Majid Sultan Iskandar and former hockey player Abdul Hadi.
Abdul Rahim was the assistant manager during the 2008 Azlan Shah Cup and the National Juniors team manager in the 2009 Junior Hockey League.
“I am also in the MHF coaching committee and as Selangor HA vice president, I constantly keep tabs on the current situation. That is why I feel that I would be able to help further if the affiliates pick me as one of the veeps,” said Abdul Rahim.