Hockey: What Hockey will miss out on

Will Hockey’s loss be badminton’s gain?

That is how the scenario could develop following the “ ineligibility”issue surrounding the nomination of Air Asia Executive Chairman Dato Kamarudin Meranun for the position of president of the National Hockey body.

The corporate big wig had big plans, one of which was to take the MHL to a higher plateau, introduce an Asian Clubs League and a revolutionary concept in development by starting a Hockey academy.

In 1990, there was a suggestion to set up a Hockey academy.

Following a paper presented by Yang Siow Meng, the MHF then put Dato Mohd Nor Ismail who was Vice President then in charge.

Elaborate plans were drawn up with Tun Razak Stadium identified as the venue, with the academy having accommodation, offices, meeting and seminar rooms and all the necessary facilities to make it a world class academy.

Not much change to the facade of Tun Razak Stadium, bit just a space where the electronic score board was placed as a four story building was to be constructed there.

But that idea remained an idea and although there were efforts to take over the stadium a few tines after that, it merely were that – plans.

So Kamarudin had a vision , for he knew that an Academy would provide Long term solutions to our lack of focus on development,

He also spoke about stating then young, by having training sessions for the following age groups – U8, U10, U12, U14.

This was to be held at each of the 50 artificial pitches in the country,

In simple words, each centre would have 200 kids playing hockey at that age groups,

So in reality, the 50 centres will effective have 10,000 kids taking ip Hockey, more then any implemented or proposed development programs we know.

Such was the vision of a man who started of with 2 planes but today has one of the world’s largest budget airline fleets in the world.

Hockey needs vision and money to grow, make no qualms about that,

At present Tenaga Nasional Berhad is the biggest contributor, coning put your close to RM5 million a year,

But their contributions are for competitions and not for development as they utilise the Thunderbolt programs towards that objective.

Will TNB be now willing to shift their Thunderbolt funding towards any national level program to be initiated by the national body?

Let’s not even look at the subsidy issues that is close to the heart of the states.

All they want is a subsidy, they fail to carry out development programs, some even fail to enter national tournaments. So what was the basis of giving out grants?

Another interesting thing was up to lately, all correspondence from the national body was sent to both the Presidents and Secretaries.

Contrary to what is being claimed, I can verify with certainty that Kedah, Kuala Lumpur and Negeri Sembilan elect their Secretaries, not appointed by the President as alleged.

And one last question that still lingers and everyone should ask,

If Pahang HA has nominated its Regent as a Deputy President candidate, was that nomination signed by the President, who in actual fact is the Acting President and is the King?

So did the King actually sign the nomination from Pahang or was it by someone else?

Was a re-confirmation in writing sought from the King on the legality of the nomination list given that for those with doubts. Correspondence was sent to the President for confirmation.

Over to you Istana Negara for done much needed clarification.

Daulat Tuanku!

Daulat Tuanku!

Daulat Tuanku !