Tuesday, June 18, 2013

South African to stay on as coach after a meeting with Khairy

Assistant coach Arul Selvaraj (in yellow) and National Sports Institute physiotherapist Behrad Honer (right) handling the training session in the absence of Paul Revington (inset) at the Bukit Jalil Stadium yesterday. Revington, who resigned after citing outside interference, has agreed to remain as coach for now. — M. AZHAR ARIF / The Star Assistant coach Arul Selvaraj (in yellow) and National Sports Institute physiotherapist Behrad Honer (right) handling the training session in the absence of Paul Revington (inset) at the Bukit Jalil Stadium yesterday. Revington, who resigned after citing outside interference, has agreed to remain as coach for now. — M. AZHAR ARIF / The Star
 
PUTRAJAYA: South African Paul Revington will stay on as national hockey coach for now – until the World Hockey League semi-finals in Johor Baru.

This turn of events came about after Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Paul Revington and National Sports Council’s international preparation director Ariffin Ghani had a 30-minute meeting.

Khairy said after the meeting that Revington will stay on for the World Hockey League semi-finals in Johor Baru from June 29- July 7.

“I had a fruitful 30-minute meeting with him (Revington) and I can confirm that he has agreed to stay for the moment to handle the team for the World Hockey League.

“I have also given him an assurance that I will personally look into the issues that he had highlighted and take it up with the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

“Revington had his say on the issues and has made it clear what he expects in order to stay. But like I said the issues will be dealt with when we meet the MHC soon,” he said.
Revington did not want to comment.

Khairy said that he was pleased to hear that the players back the South African and want him to stay.
“It is crucial to have the backing of the players. So let us not talk about the long-term plan just yet. There are matters to be resolved first. It is important for us to focus on the preparations for the World Hockey League,” he added.

The minister did not want to go into the details of the conversation with Revington or to say what are the issues which had been highlighted by the coach.

“I am confident that we can work things out. We have to leave it at that for now at least until I meet the MHC,” he said.

On Saturday, Revington stunned the hockey fraternity when he e-mailed his resignation to the MHC coaching committee chairman Manjit Majid Abdullah.
The committee had rejected the resignation but at the same time made several decisions which had become contentious.

The committee had recommended that two officials to be removed from their posts and at the same time appointed Sarjit Singh as interim coach.
The two officials concerned are Lim Chiow Chuan, who is the 1MAS director, and national juniors coach K. Dharmaraj.

The coaching committee had also said that Revington’s resignation was also due to outside interference in team matters.
The national hockey team started their final phase of training yesterday with A. Arulselvaraj handling the sessions.

The MHC and NSC are expected to hold a meeting on Thursday with Revington to discuss the issue further.
NSC director general Datuk Zolkples Embong, who is in Kangar, Perlis, confirmed that the meeting is set for Thursday.
MHC president Tengku Abdullah is also expected to attend the meeting



By S. RAMAGURU and ERIC SAMUEL

The Star

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