KUALA LUMPUR – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin hopes national hockey squad goalkeeper S. Kumar will get through the difficult time he is facing and continue to be with the squad.
“I know this is an extremely challenging time for Kumar and his family. But I hope he can overcome his grief and be able to do national duty again,” he told reporters after visiting Kumar at the latter’s residence in Taman Puncak Jalil here today.
Kumar was in Belgium representing the country for the semifinals of the World Hockey League when his youngest son Harshenn, three, died at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital on June 18, reportedly due to a viral infection.
The 36-year-old first choice goalkeeper was immediately flown back home and has withdrawn from the championship, which is also a qualifier for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil next year.
Meanwhile, Kumar said he and his family thanked Khairy for the visit and the words of encouragements for him and his family.
Kumar also explained that he and his family were still waiting for his son’s medical report. – BERNAMA