Friday, January 24, 2014

Revington's Resignation: NSC Denies Swimming Coach Birmingham To Follow Suit

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 (Bernama) -- The National Sports Council (NSC) has denied claims that national swimming coach Paul Birmingham would be following in the foot steps of national hockey chief coach Paul Revington, who resigned from his post last week.

NSC director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong said the matter did not arise because Birmingham had informed the NSC's Athletes Preparation Division director Ariffin Mohd Ghani that he was facing health problems.

"His (Birmingham's) absence from training the national squad since last month was because he contracted dengue fever...now he has almost recovered. Futhermore, he and the national swimming contingent recently returned from the SEA Games in Myanmar.

"I hope he does not face any serious problems that can affect his duties," he told reporters after attending the NSC's Maulidur Rasul celebration in Bukit Jalil here Thursday.

On another note, Zolkples said at the meeting between the NSC and the Amateur Swimming Association of Malaysia last week, NSC agreed to increase coaches for aquatic sports in preparing for the 2015 and 2017 SEA Games.

Revington cited health reasons for stepping down as hockey chief coach.

-- BERNAMA

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