Yet another e-mail on Malaysian hockey which i received today. The contents seem to give a good depth of MHF and how they use to operate. It would seem that their past modus operandi may not come to good use in the future. It would seem the "Medusa's stare" has cast Malaysian hockey into a stone and craved in it is our past glories. Hockey seem to be history unless something is urgently done.
Below is the text of the e-mail:
"Medusa in Greek mythology, originally a beautiful young woman whose crowning glory was her magnificent long hair, was desired and courted by many suitors. Yet before she could be betrothed to a husband, Poseidon (Neptune) found her worshipping in the temple of Athena (Minerva) and ravished her. Athena was outraged at her sacred temple being violated, and punished Medusa by turning her beautiful tresses into snakes and giving her the destructive power to turn anyone who looked directly at her into stone.
In the case of Malaysian hockey, the path is forth becoming a modern day myths, where the destruction is unavoidable with the current system malfunction! Every aspect of Malaysian hockey seems to be going astray, out of the norm in sports.
The Junior World Cup host job could be our last in the next few years. With the 2009 Asia Cup being awarded to UAE, Dubai Sports City by AHF; and FIH announced their full backing to India in hosting 2010 Delhi World Cup. And also future FIH’s commitments to award India with the hosting job for the 2011 and 2012 Men’s Champions Trophy will see the end of Malaysian’s way of qualifying automatically for major FIH tournaments, by virtue of being host.
MHF extra-ordinary vision as told by the coaching chairman in seeing the national head coach who is tasked to qualify for the 2010 Delhi World Cup and 2012 London Olympics without the need to go through a qualifier when he was appointed in 2007 will surely not materialise.
Further down the road, in reality we still do not have the ability to host an Olympic Games and bear in mind that the 2016 Summer Olympic which is already in the final stage of bidding. Cities like Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo have already been short listed and pending announcement by IOC in 2009. Guangzhou, China will host the 2010 and Incheon, Korea will host the 2014 Asian Games respectively means that our strong believe that by hosting these major qualifying tournaments automatically generate team’s super performance without the need for proper preparation is now squashed.
Are we seeing the end of our quest to qualify by virtue of playing host?
Looking back at past decision, national players are barred from taking part in overseas league, except for the “special ones”. With the recent announcement that 2 players already left to play in German league, we will sure to see more players take the same pursuit and hope that positive results will be achieved out of this. The intention and decision of granting the national players the opportunity to play in overseas league is an excellent one, after such a long mishap. It has been proven that the need for players around the world to undertake this kind of cultural and hockey exchange to improve their hockey endeavours.
Hopefully in Malaysia’s case, this decision is purely in the interest of the game and the country, and not an excuse to break camp, not to train when the number of players are reduced.
Then again, our preparation must start now as winning the Gold medal at the 2009 Dubai Asia Cup will give us the automatic berth into the 2010 World Cup. The mentality of paying millions in ringgit and cents to qualify for major tournament needs overhauling. The future of Malaysian hockey, without being awarded the host job for the 2010 World Cup, will now critically depend on a clever blue print which needs immediate execution to see us there.
Otherwise, we will be sure to see the increased momentum and larger scale rot in the sport, which eventually shall confirm the demise of Malaysian hockey!"
So much talk and writings on Malaysian hockey, yet MHF remains silent. They have put Malaysian hockey where it is today. Have they all turned to "stone" that they cannot comment?
If so, please do the rightful act. Step down and let the people who can save hockey do the job.