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MHC enhances its rules in two national competition

Last Update: 06/08/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) has introduced its new rules for the Tun Abdul Razak Cup and the National Veterans Hockey Championships effective this year.

MHC Competition Manager Brian Fernandez said the improved rules were agreed with the consent of 11 states representatives who attended the states’ hockey association secretary meeting held at MHC Meeting Room on Saturday.

According to him, the criteria to qualify players to represent the state team based on birthplace will no longer apply for the Tun Abdul Razak Cup and it will be replaced by four new criteria.

"Rule number one, players who are still studying have to represent their state for the Malaysian Games (Sukma) or if they do not participate in the tournament, they will represent the state where they go for secondary school. However, the rules for players from the sports school remain.

"For working players and aged below 30 years for men and below 25 years for women, they will represent their state according to the number one rule, while players over the age limit will have the option to represent the state in which they work or the last state they represent for Sukma or went to school," he said in a statement.

He added that if players were not on any of these lists, they would be considered as an invitee player and each team could only register four invited players and would need written permission from their respective state hockey associations.

"These rules were introduced to ensure that national players can represent other states and there will be no dumping of national players in a particular state," he said.

For the National Veterans Hockey Championship, among the agreement reached during the meeting was that each team was allowed to register only 18 players in the tournament.

"Only four players aged 40 to 44 years can be registered, while other players must be above 45 years and if the player has retired (including early retirement such as in the Armed Forces (ATM) and others) they will be placed as invitee players.

"Players who have represented the state in the Tun Abdul Razak Cup or Sukma or where they last worked or graduated, will be considered as the main players of the state. Each team will be allowed to register up to six invited players and have to obtain permission from the state," he said.

The 2019 Tun Abdul Razak Cup will be hosted by the Selangor Hockey Association from Sept 6 to 14 in Kuala Lumpur, while the National Veterans Hockey Championship will start from Nov 21 to 24, but the venue of the competition is yet to be determined.



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