KUALA LUMPUR – The Kuala Lumpur SEA Games chef-de-mission (CDM) Datuk Marina Chin is optimistic that the national women’s hockey squad would have no problem to defend the gold medal.
Marina said the current squad had undergone training for a year under coach Muhammad Dharma Raj Abdullah and are now at their best.
“With the excellent training programme they have gone through, I am confident they can deliver the gold,” she told reporters after meeting the women’s hockey squad at the Jungle Gym, National Sports Institute (ISN) in Bukit Jalil today.
The former track queen believes Malaysia can do it despite taking on another major mission in the semi-finals of the World Women Hockey League (WHWL) from July 8 to 22, in South Africa.
Meanwhile, national women’s hockey captain, Siti Nor Amarina Ruhani said her team has to double efforts to achieve success at the WHWL and to defend their SEA Games gold.
“The matches in South Africa and SEA Games would not be easy and we need to stay focused at all times,” she said.
The women’s hockey squad will also be playing several friendly matches in three European countries namely Belgium, Germany and Netherlands in April as preparations for the WHWL.
Since hockey was introduced at the 1993 SEA Games in Singapore, Malaysia has won the gold medal six times, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2013 and 2015. – BERNAMA