Friday, August 5, 2011

India mulling on FIH threat

NEW DELHI: Sports Minister Ajay Maken said that the government is looking into the objections raised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on the temporary power-sharing formula between Hockey India and the Indian Hockey Federation to run the game in the country.
Maken told the Rajya Sabha that the government has taken note of FIH's concern over the temporary arrangement reached between the two warring bodies over running hockey affairs in the country.
"FIH has expressed concern over the proposed settlement stating that it would go against their statute, which provides for a sole national governing body in each member country. The entire matter is under consideration," said Maken.
Stating that the agreement between HI and IHF was not in compliance with the Olympic Charter and the FIH Statutes, the world body had threatened to withdraw all international tournaments, including the Champions Trophy here in December and Olympic qualifiers for men and women in February next year, until the matter is resolved.
FIH president Leandro Negre had written to the sports minister, calling for an urgent meeting, involving the presidents of HI and the Indian Olympic Association to discuss the FIH's concerns.
Maken informed the House that HI and IHF would maintain their individual legal existence and set up a Joint Executive Board comprising members of their existing executive boards "for limited purpose of holding annual national championships, selection of national team in different categories, preparation of national team and participation of national teams in FIH-approved international tournaments".
"A joint working committee shall be constituted consisting of presidents of HI and IHF as co-chairman and three members of each body. As per the provisional settlement, the government will review the position after Dec 31, 2012, and decide further course of action on the basis of guidelines for recognition as a national sports federation," Maken said.
"The annual National Championship will be jointly held by HI and IHF after holding joint selection of state teams for which appropriate selection procedure shall be put in place by the Joint Executive Board," he said.

The Times of India

Lack of fresh talent quite telling


I WATCHED the recently concluded Razak Cup hockey inter-state tournament in Malacca, the oldest premier national hockey competition.
As expected, Kuala Lumpur (KL), with so many national players at its disposal, won again. Negri Sembilan won the Division Two championships.
The tournament was well organised by Malacca but unfortunately, the home team was last in Division One.
My congratulations to Pahang and Terengganu (and Perlis in Division Two) for playing good, exciting hockey and qualifying for the semi-finals. The experienced teams, like KL and Perak, were a letdown when it came to sportsmanship and discipline.
My daughter commented: "Why did the national players keep protesting to the referee each time something happened?"
As a qualified referee and player, I could sense that the players were "playing" with the referees to gain advantage. This is an unacceptable culture.
I was also disappointed that the news on the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) website was not updated and I had to rely on other blogs.
What about the contribution of Sabah and Sarawak to this tournament? More can be done by MHF to promote the game there. Sabah and Sarawak have produced talented sportsmen, but not in hockey. Why?
I dread to think of the future of Malaysian hockey. The same players are in every tournament, which says that our development efforts are not producing the right players.
The MHF must accept its weaknesses and move forward by engaging with the media and dynamic stakeholders. It should emulate structures of developed hockey nations like Australia, Germany and Holland to ensure collective responsibilities are placed on all stakeholders -- with measurements of performance and progress. This is especially so for state associations.
The MHF needs to be more dynamic, resourceful and transparent.

Johor Baru,

Three new GKs for Road to London

MALAYSIA will play a Five-Test series against Japan from Sunday to kick-start their Road To London Programme, with three new goalkeepers named into the training squad.
National chief coach Tai Beng Hai, on the recommen dations of former Pakistan national coach and goalkeeper Shahid Ali Khan, included Khairul Affendy of Armed Forces, Hairi Rahman of Johor, Safiuddin Sahrom of Bukit Jalil Sports School into the training squad.
Shahid was down in Malacca for the Razak Cup, and he conducted a few training sessions for goalkeepers and the best available were included into the Road to London Pro gramme.
There will be three Qualifiers for the London Olympics, and Malaysia’s group will only be decided after the Oceania Cup on Oct 5-9 which involves Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.
The Oceania Cup offers two tickets each for the men and women’s tournament and Australia and New Zealand are the sure bets in this lop-sided Qualifier.
There were two other changes to the training list: “Rashid (Baharom) withdrew and was replaced by Fitri Saari while the injured Azri Hassan was replaced with Amir Farid,” said Beng Hai.
The coach will assess Amir in the Test matches against Japan at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The next tournament for Beng Hai’s charges is the in augural Asian Champions Trophy on Sept 3-11 at the Mon golian city or Ordos.
Asian Games champions Pakistan, South Korea, India, China and Japan have confirmed for the tournament.
NATIONAL TRAINEES: S. Kumar (gk), Roslan Jamaluddin (gk), Razie Rahim, Baljit Singh, Madzli Ikmar, Amin Rahim, Azreen Rizal, Shahrun Nabil, Sukri Mutalib, Marhan Jalil, Nabil Fiqri, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, Faizal Saari, Azlan Misron, Hafifihafiz Hanafi, Izwan Firdaus, Kelvinder Singh,
Azammi Adabi, Izzat Rahim, Fitri Bakar, Shahrin Mo hamad, Firhan Ashaari, Faiz Helmi.
Replacement under the Attachment Program: Amir Farid, Fitri Saari.
Goalkeepers Project: Khairul Affendy, Hairi Rahman, Safi uddin Sahrom.