Hockey: Health not threat made me leave Malaysia says Revington

Former national Hockey coach Paul Revington refuted insinuations that he had walked out on Malaysia due to “ threats” made against him.

The South African left in 2014 after the World Cup, having assisted former coach K. Dharmaraj.

Revington when contacted to get more details on the “ threat” issue had this to say.

“ You will know that at the time of leaving Malaysia , I communicated openly that I was not feeling well and was needing some time out., “ clarified Revington who helped Malaysia qualify for the 2014 World Cup via the World League 3 in Johor Baru in 2013.

“ A year later I was diagnosed with a massive brain tumour and am very lucky to be alive and well today.

“ All things aside in the world of Malaysian Hockey my body was telling me I needed rest from international hockey.”

Revington underwent a surgery to remove the tumour and the healing recess saw him out of the hockey scene for a good two years.

“ I dealt with things reasonably privately during my time in Malaysia and I never expected many people to be completely “in the know” as to what actually happened during the 2 years I was in Malaysia,0 added Revs as he was called.

“ I can understand how people could think the “threats” lead me to leave Malaysia.”

Revington also spoke on a “ offer” to return to coach Malaysia in 2015.

“ Someone contacted me in 2015 but I had just started a new position back in South Africa which made it pretty much impossible to return to Malaysia at that time.” clarified Revington referring to overtures Saturday d to be made in 2015 for him to return to Malaysia.