Crowded field expected in race for MHC positions

It is expected to be a crowded field in the battle for the Vice President positions of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation.

Though the notice of meeting for the AGM set for November 16 has yet to make its appearance, the lobbying has started.

There are seven positions up for grabs, with five for men and anther two for women.

Current men incumbents Dato Majid Manjit, Dato Radhakrishnan , Dato and Satish Kumar are expected to defend their seats.

While former international Dato Ow Soon Kooi resigned midway due to principles, it is unknown I’d the other VP from Terengganu Dato Wan Ahmad Nizam will defend his post.

There are indications that several candidates will be vying for positions.

Among them are M. Gobinathan , the NS Vice President, Dato Seri Anil Jeet Singh the Sabah HA President, Dato Ahmad Najmi Razak Pahang who is current independent member, Dato Seri Megat Shahriman, the KLHA President, Dato Amirul Anuar Aris, Kedah HA President, Dato Mirnawan Nawawi, former international, Ranjit Singh, Penang HA President, Shurizan Mansor, Perlis HA Secretary, S. Ganesh, Selangor HA President, TanSri Shahril Samsuddin from Sapura, Dato Che Khalid from MMC and Perak HA President Datuk Dr Azhar Ahmad.

So far one State has submitted its list of candidates, retaining two individuals who had made public their vow to step down should Malaysia fail at the Olympic Qualifiers.

For the Vice President, a list being viral sees Dato Najmi, Dato Anirul, Dato Seri Anil, S. Ganesh and Ranjit Singh being nominated.

It is baffling that Dato Amirul, who took over as Kedah HA President on October 18 is nominated without any real contribution or knowledge of the sport.

Besides was it not a fact that Sports Minister Syed Saddiq made clear that Politicians ought not to lead or be involved in holding positions in sports bodies!

If the men’s list is a free for all, expect more names for the women’s Vice President in addition to the two nominated by Selangor, which is current independent member Dato Mary Sadiah of Sarawak and Rogayah Muhamad, a Vice President from Melaka.

So are the two incumbents Nagula Sivasothy and Nik Zahrah now out of favour ?

It is learnt that several other women are expected to join the fray. It is learnt that Juriah Fenner of Perak, Dato S. Jeyadhevi from Negri Sembilan could also be nominated .

With nominations to close November 2, and with most of those sitting in London, expect a flurry of nominations in the next few days.

But one word of caution- council meetings of state HA’s must be done in accordance with their respective constitution, if not the parent body could end up being declared illegal.

So in the rush to submit nominations based on promises, just remember regulations.

By the way Diwali is Sunday. Have the states received their subsidies for this year and have the officials of the Junior League been paid despite the MJHL being concluded early August.

Hoping for sanity rather then blind faith.