Monday, June 17, 2013

National Hockey Team Gets Great Blow With Revington's Shocking Resignation

KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 (Bernama) -- With less than two weeks before the World Hockey League semifinals in Johor Baharu, the national team received a great blow when its head coach, Paul Revington, tendered his shocking resignation.

The South African-born international coach announced his resignation via e-mail to the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) Saturday.

In the e-mail, Revington claimed that there exists interference in his efforts to coach the national team, especially from the national junior hockey squad coach, K. Dharmaraj, and 1MAS Hockey Development Programme director Lim Chiow Chuan.

MHC vice-president Majid Manjit Abdullah, who chaired an emergency MHC meeting here, had asked Revington to reconsider his decision.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Majid said Revington had helped improve the performance of the national team after taking over the post from Tai Beng Hai in August last year.

The former coach of the Ireland men's hockey team had also received the International Hockey Federation's (IHF) Coach of the Year Award in 2011.

Majid, who is also MHC Coaching Committee chairman, said the MHC could set up an inquiry committee to investigate the allegation of interference made by Revington against the two local coaches.

"However, I cannot make the final decision because this matter is under MHC top management's jurisdiction.

"If he (Revington) stands firm on his decision, then we will propose to the management of the MHC to appoint a temporary coach, such as national assistant coach Arul Selvaraj or (former national coach) Sarjit Singh.

"However, we would like to appeal to Revington to reconsider his decision to resign because he has done great work coaching the national hockey team," he said.

MHC had appointed Revington as head coach and former national hockey player Arul Selvaraj as his assistance to boost the image and performance of the national hockey team.

The duo had worked together to coach the South African hockey team in 2006 before moving to the Irish team from 2009 to middle of last year.

The national team, under Revington, had created several success stories, including having ranked fourth in the Hockey Champions Challenge 1 in Argentina last November and bagged the bronze medal at the Asian Championship Trophy in Qatar a month later.

Last March, the national team also emerged as the runner-up of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament 2013 after losing 2-3 to Australia in the final.

-- BERNAMA

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