Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Timely boost for national hockey teams from Sime Darby

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) received a timely boost following a RM4mil sponsorship by Yayasan Sime Darby for the men’s and women’s senior national teams.
The two-year sponsorship, from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016, will facilitate the teams’ participation in various domestic and international tournaments.

The sponsorship includes subsidising the teams’ and officials’ flight tickets, accommodation, meals and the teams’ attire for competitions.

The primary objective of the sponsorship is to provide pertinent and relevant resources to ensure that the national teams qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The sponsorship will also enhance the assistance extended to the men’s and women’s senior teams in their preparation for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 19-Oct 4.
The MHC and YSD have set a gold medal target for the men in the Asiad, which will serve as the continental qualifiers for the 2016 Olympics.

“I am pleased to have such a great institution like YSD coming on board as our partners. It is an invaluable contribution for us as we have drawn up a comprehensive training programme for the men’s and women’s senior teams,” said MHC president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah after receiving a mock cheque from YSD governing council member Datin Paduka Zaitoon Othman.

Tengku Abdullah said that the men’s senior team will face two major challenges this year – the World Cup in The Hague, Holland, and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

“I believe that with this support from YSD, the men’s team will qualify for the 2016 Olympics and also improve their world ranking from the current 13th to 10th by next year,” said Tengku Abdullah.
“We will hire a foreign coach to further improve the standard of the women’s team. They also need to improve their ranking from 21st in the world to 15th by next year.”

Also present at the event were MHC deputy president Raja Puan Sri Dato Noor Ashikin Raja Abdullah and YSD chief executive officer Yatela Zainal Abidin.

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