Monday, January 20, 2014

National hockey coach, Revington quits

Paul Revington of South Africa, who became the national men's hockey coach in Oct 2012, tendered his resignation letter on Friday. - Filepic
Paul Revington of South Africa, who became the national men's hockey coach in Oct 2012, tendered his resignation letter on Friday. - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: National hockey coach Paul Revington has resigned.
With the World Cup just five months away, the national team now face a tough task in their preparations for the Finals.

South African Revington, who took charge of the team in October 2012 and managed to lead them to the World Cup, is believed to have handed in his resignation letter on Friday.

He did not attend Sunday’s meeting called by the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah to discuss the issue.

Team manager George Koshy, assistant coach A. Arulselvaraj and NSC director general Datuk Zolkples Embong were present at the meeting.

The MHC have called for a press conference on Monday to provide the official reason for Revington’s resignation and to confirm the official appointment of the coaches for the national team.
When contacted, Revington said he would only reveal his reasons for quitting after the official announcement by the MHC.

“I can confirm that I have resigned. But I will wait before giving my side of the story,” he said.
It is believed that Revington quit because of his health. There is, however, no confirmation on the matter.

The South African’s last task was picking the 35 players to join the training squad for the World Cup.
Revington’s term as national coach has not been smooth sailing. He was hired to lead the team to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

He had quit last June, citing interference by local coaches in team matters as the main reason.
But the matter was resolved and he took charge of the team at the World Hockey League semi-final in Johor Baru. He successfully led the team to qualify for the World Cup.

He then agreed to stay on and fulfil his contractual obligations. His contract only expires in August.
The national junior (Project 2013) coaching set-up of chief coach K. Dharmaraj, Azlan Bakar and K. Gobinathan are now tasked with the job of coaching the team for the World Cup.

Earlier this month, the three were named as assistant coaches to Revington.
The trio had been with the Project 2013 team since 2009. Last month, they led the Juniors to a fourth-place finish in the Junior World Cup in New Delhi.

Arulselvaraj has been taken out of the national set-up and given the job of chief coach of the Project 2016 team.

Earlier, the MHC did not name their junior coach but had picked Lim Chiow Chuan and Tai Beng Hai as selectors for the Project 2016 team.

It is understood that Tengku Abdullah had sought the views of all those present at yesterday’s meeting before making the decision to appoint the various people to the posts.

The national team’s first assignment this year is the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh from March 13-23.



by S. Ramaguru - The Star

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