KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) will not only lose their president, but also their deputy if the men’s team fail to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Shamala, who has been involved with hockey for over two decades, made the announcement during MHC’s annual general meeting (AGM) here.
"Our president has done a great job and I am very proud to be in his team.
"And so, to shoulder collective responsibility, I will also relinquish my post if the men's team fail to qualify for the Olympics," said Shamala.
The last time Malaysia featured at the Olympics was the 2000 Sydney edition where the men’s team finished 11th.
Stephen van Huizen's men have two routes to qualify for Tokyo. One is to win gold at the Asian Games, and the second is via the Hockey World Series which Malaysia will host the first part in April next year.
While it was a fresh statement from Shamala, Subahan has made his stand many times.
Shamala feels their stand will not add pressure to the team.
"We are making our stand because we believe the team have the ability to win the gold (at the Asian Games),” she added.
Sports Journalist with the New Straits Times since 1994.
My main beat is field hockey, so this blog will have stories that I have written for the NST, as well as hockey news from around the globe. There will be regular updates. I was also the Secretary General of the National Press Club, Malaysia for three terms (six years).