Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Century for Olympic Hockey

CHILEAN children in the mood to usher in 100 years of Olympic hockey, a milestone which will be achieved in the 08/08/08 Beijing Olympics.


And the teams which will play in Beijing are:

MEN -- Group A: Germany (1), Spain (4), Korea (5), New Zealand (10), Belgium (12), China (17).
Group B: Australia (2), Netherlands (3), Pakistan (6), Great Britain (8), South Africa (13), Canada (15).

WOMEN -- Group A: Netherlands (1), Australia (4), China (5), Spain (8), South Korea (9), South Africa (12).
Group B: Argentina (2), Germany (3), Japan (6), New Zealand (7), Great Britain (10), USA (11).

Singapore in Q-finals

SINGAPORE qualified for the quarter-finals of the National Under-16 hockey tournament when they whipped Pahang 8-1 in Alor Star yesterday.
Playing in Group C, Singapore got their goals from A. Prashan (12th), Silas razak (27th), Matthew Chong (50th, 52nd, 65th), Alfian Samsuri (54th), Baqir Basali (58th) and Eugene Lee (69th).
Ikhwan Manshor (40th) scored for Pahang.
Kuala Lumpur, with a match in hand, have also qualified for the last eight from Group C.
In Group B, Terengganu beat Perlis for the last eight, while Johor will also play in the knock-out. And in Group D, the quarter-finalists are Penang and Kelantan.
RESULTS: Group C: Singapore 8 Pahang 1; Group D: Malacca 0 Kelantan 4; Group B: Perlis 0 Terengganu 1.
TODAY: Group C: Sabah v Kuala Lumpur (7.30am); Group D: Sarawak v Penang (9am); Group B: Kedah v Johor (3pm); Group A: Negri Sembilan v Perak (5pm).

Group A
P W D L F A Pts
Perak 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
Selangor 2 1 0 1 5 4 3
Negri 1 0 0 1 1 5 0
Group B
P W D L F A Pts
Terengganu 3 2 0 1 14 2 6
Johor 2 2 0 0 8 2 6
Perlis 3 0 1 2 3 9 1
Kedah 2 0 2 0 2 14 1
Group C
P W D L F A Pts
Singapore 3 2 0 1 24 5 6
KL 2 2 0 0 8 2 6
Pahang 3 0 1 2 3 14 1
Sabah 2 0 1 1 2 16 1
Group D
P W D L F A Pts
Penang 2 2 0 0 13 2 6
Kelantan 3 2 0 1 13 8 6
Sarawak 2 1 0 1 4 7 3
Malacca 3 0 0 3 0 13 0

MHF Treasurer Resigns

Sanjilatheeban (right), with former MHF president Raja Nazrin Shah (second from left), and current MHF president Tan Sri Admiral Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor (third from left).

MHF Treasurer S. Sanjilatheeban has announced that he is resigning as MHF Treasurer with immediate effect. He has resigned because his department, Royal Malaysian Customs, Penang has not approved his unrecorded leave.

Sanjilatheeban has been the treasurer since 2004. He is in his second term as the treasurer. He has rendered excellent services to MHF and hockey in Malaysia. All this while he has never encountered problem with his unrecorded leave but only this time it is being a problem.

MHF will write to the Director General of Customs and also Public Service Department to appeal. It is very sad to see a Government Department not supporting Malaysian Government programme such as SUKMA.
With his resignation, MHF daily operations will be effected. He is responsible for all the financial matters. Even in any tournament, his presence is needed. Recently for the 17th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Men’s International Hockey Tournament, he took his own leave to be in Ipoh to make sure it runs well. MHF will seek the help of Sports Minister to look into this. Maybe there are changes in Government policy not to allow government servants to serve NGO at federal level.

MHF Vice President, Dato’ Dr. S.S. Cheema also expressed shock: " Government departments should be supportive of sports and encourage their staff to take part in NGO. Infact the Customs Department should be proud to have their officer in the MHF.
He said: "Those days Government Departments supported sports and sports were in glory days. Even government circular has stated for unrecorded leave. We can’t expect private companies to grant leave for their staff. Moreover this is SUKMA. I will talk to him to withdraw the letter and MHF will talk to the relevant government authority to sort it out."