Agong wants AHF to promote hockey 5’s on grass

The Asian Hockey Federation is looking towards developing Hockey in the region in a more rigorous way.

And towards that objective, the AHF is studying several proposals to revamp their competition structure to help Hockey in Asia develop and remain vibrant.

A delegation from AHF, led by its President Dato Fumio Ogura, Chief Executive Officer Dato Tayab Ikram and Vice President ( Special Projects) Dato Manjit Majid Abdullah met io and briefed AHF Royal Patron HRH Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur this morning.

“ We briefed His Majesty on the current developments in hockey and sought his views and blessings to embark on several programs,” said Dato Tayab.

“ Tuanku was very receptive on the proposals put forward and gave his views on it. We also briefed Tuanku on the recent AHF Congress and the Asian solidarity.

“ One proposal from Tuanku himself was for AHF to embark on promoting hockey 5’s in the rural areas and to initiate a Hockey 5’s competition on grass in Malaysia amongst the Under 16 teams from Asia.

“ Tuanku’s vision is that kids should be encouraged to play hockey even though it’s on grass and not make it compulsory to have the game played solely on the artificial surface.

“ Hence we have been told to look into the promotion and development of hockey 5’s especially in rural areas throughout Asia and we hope to start it in Malaysia.

“ Dato Manjit, Who is our Vice President, has been tasked with coming up with the suitable dates as well as location for the tournament to be held.”

As part of their commitment towards helping the development of hockey in Asia the AHF has come up with a four year program.

“ The plan was presented to our Patron and he provided his views on it. We are honoured that Tuanku paid particular attention to minor details and this clearly reflects his commitment , concern and interest in the sport.”

Dato Ogura paid tribute to HRH Al Sultan Abdullah for his keen interest and desire to see hockey develop in Asia.

“ We In AHF are fortunate to have such a concerned Patron who has deep rooted interest in the sport,” added Ogura.

“ Tuanku wants hockey to be played across Asia and has tasked us with re-inventing the wheel towards uplifting the standard of Asian Hockey as a whole.”

And the fact that hockey is not being contested in SEA Games did not escape the attention of AHF.

“ We view with concern that field hockey is not to be contested in the regional SEA Games this year and could probably be out of the next two SEA Games,” added Tayab.