THE launch of the Memoirs of Mr Hockey, by Datuk G. Vijayanathan (pic), was officiated by Tun Ahmah Sarji at a leading hotel in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Viji, as he is popularly known, was the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) secretary for 26 years and also a world No 1 umpire from 1973-1976.
He is also famed for umpiring the 1975 Kuala Lumpur World Cup final between India and Pakistan and awarded the 'controversial' goal to India which handed them the World Cup on a 2-1 score.
"It is indeed a honour to have served hockey for such a long span, and I dedicate this book, written from my experience in the sport for over six decades, to my late wife of 51 years, Rajaletchmy, and my two daughters," said Viji.
The 638-page book on his memoirs not only covers his family life, but to a greater extent, includes what he learnt, achieved and parted on and off the field.
The book launch was atended by close to 500 of his friends, as well as hockey players from the 1975 World Cup squad.