Tuesday, 22 October 2013 19:21

A dialogue session between the Malaysian Hockey Confederation Competitions Committee and the stakeholders of the Malaysian Hockey League will be held on October 26.

The idea to hold such a dialogue session is to provide the clubs and other stakeholders such as the sponsors and media an opportunity to be heard and present their views on how to improve the MHL which was initiated in 1987.

And with an overwhelming hockey calendar in 2014" the Competition Committee felt that the onus was on them to discuss the planning for next seasons MHL with the clubs.

"We have already drawn up the competition schedule for 2014 after taking into account the commitments of the national team who have many tournaments they will be participating in, "said Competitions Committee chairman M.Gobinathan.

"Having held discussions with coach Paul Revington, we are now privy to the national team plans and have designed a schedule that will not disrupt their preparations.

"Thus we find it important to engage the clubs, sponsors and media to engage in this dialogue as that will give us an opportunity to exchange ideas towards the betterment of the MHL.

"I do hope that all parties will come up with suggestions on just how we can make the MHL better."

Gobinathan said that the First Division of the MHL will commence in April while the Premier League is scheduled for after the Asian Games in September.

As for the Malaysian Junior Hockey League, entry forms are expected to be dispatched next week for a January start while the Razak Cup is slated for August.

"Some feel that players ought to be allowed to play in both the First Division and Premier Leagues. But that may not be fair to teams who make up the First Division," said Gobinathan.

"On the other hand those in the national team will remain idle for most of the year save for the Razak Cup.

"There are pros and cons to this and it obviously needs to be discussed with the clubs who are the most important components in the MHL."

Malaysian hockey has a full calendar with the Azlan Shah Cup from 16 to 26 March in Ipoh followed by the FIH champions Challenge 1 from 26 April to May 4 in Kuantan.

Malaysia will play in the World Cup at The Hague from May 31 to June 15 followed by the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July and Asian Games in Incheon in September.

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