Hockey: SASC and SOJC to get royal consent and government advise

Two state bodies organising annual Hockey events have decided to adopt the wait and see approach before deciding on the fate of their tournaments.

Perak Hockey Association which organises the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and Johor Hockey Association who run the Sultan of Johor Cup, are mindful of the Covid 19 pandemic and would rather wait till June to make any firm decisions on their annual invitational tournaments which enter the 29th and 10th year respectively.

Though both have blocked their dates with FIH, the SASC from 12-19 September while the SOJC from 3-10 October, a decision will only be made after taking into consideration the views from several parties.

Perak HA President Tuan Haji Mohd Sayuti bin Abd Samat said that they were in no rush to determine if their tourney will proceed or shelved.

“ We first have to have an audience with HRH Sultan Perak and seek Tuanku’s advice,” clarified Haji Sayuti.

“ Once we have the relevant details and royal consent, we will inform the teams accordingly of the new dates.

“ We also have contacted the AHF and discussed the possibility of replacements in the event any team pulls out on advice of their governments.

“ Rest assured we are prepared for all eventualities.

“ And suffice to say we will surely work in tandem with the Ministry of Health should we proceed with the tournament.”

Tuan Haji Mohd Sayuti’s views were echoed by Johor HA Acting President Dato Majid Manjit Abdullah.

“ We have sent out feelers to the countries invited and will give them till end of June to decide,” said Manjit who is also AHF Vice President.

“ Once things are better I will seek an audience with HRH Sultan Johor for Tuanku’s views and advise on whether to proceed or postpone the tournament this year.

“ We intend to wait for a directive from the government and are prepared wait till middle of June before deciding,”

Both of them agreed that the safety of the players , officials and spectators were of paramount importance.

“ We understand the needs of social distancing to be carried out and this will be one of our major concerns,” admitted Manjit.

“ We have over the past two years provided the matches live in free to air TV as well as though our YouTube channel.

“ This is one way we can get the matches beamed straight into the living rooms of fans.”

So the two Hockey Bodies will do the sensible thing and wait for the green light and royal consent, before making a final decision

And with experienced officials in their midst, all they actually need is 30 days to get their act together.