Malaysian Team has set a goal of striving for the remaining half of preparation for the Asian Games in Doha. They had a sprint with good results in the hockey qualifying round at Kuala Lumpur Stadium.
Malaysia women’s hockey team on their way to the Asian Games.
In Malaysia, the first underwater hockey players were international students studying in Wales eight years ago and became the first domestic team. There are about 50 people in Malaysia playing the game. They usually do 4 sessions weekly, each lasting 2 hours.
Although the country only has 50 people who know water hockey, Malaysia will send 24 athletes to compete in both men and women. These players will compete with their own money in the hope that their achievements will be compensated. This hope is not low because there are 4 gold medals in water hockey.
Hashim said that Malaysia last attended the Games in 1986 in South Korea. There the Malaysian women’s hockey team lost in the semi-finals and ASIAD 15 will have a good chance for Malaysia to find what was lost.
According to the hockey coach, Mr. C.R.Kumar qualifying had good matches. And it is an opportunity for him and his students to check the level and arrange the positions on the field. He will find a new strategy to achieve high results.
He also added that the team is currently struggling and worried at the free kick position by Nurul Nadia Mokhatar. She is a professional who holds this position because she cannot continue playing due to the surgery on her head. And this was a huge loss for the Malaysian hockey team before the Asian Games.
So now they are focusing on training this athlete. With the current performance of Norfaraha they will have more options for the upcoming Asian Games.