KUALA LUMPUR – National volleyball team manager, Hean Boon Yeow quashed a statement made by two beach volleyball players; Mohd Aizzat Zokri (pic) and Raja Nazmi Hussin in a local newspaper recently, which claimed that they did not receive any Asian Games allowances since February.
Hean noted that no payments were made to the players as the national coach, Rafiq Arumi only trained the beach volleyball teams for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games in July.
He said to makes thing even worse, both players still played indoor volleyball despite they already in the Asian Games training program.
Hean revealed that both players represented Selangor in the National Volleyball Championship held from Aug 22 to 24 and that the Malaysian Volleyball Association (Mava) also found out that Mohd Aizzat secretly played for Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in the Miri Open from Aug 29- Sept 1 through Facebook without permission from him and also the coach.
“This is a serious breach of discipline. How can players committed to the Asian Games beach volleyball be playing indoor volleyball when the beach competitions are so close by. The demand for both the games are different,” Hean said in a statement issued by the Malaysian Volleyball Association (Mava), yesterday.
Hean also denied claims by both players that they only received about US$100 (RM330) one-off each since they started training with the national team.
He instead disclosed that both players received special treatment by the association such as RM300 each for Hari Raya celebrations paid in July as well as US100 (RM330) pocket money each when competing at the Asian Games.
“I do not know how much money is enough for them especially when they have yet to produce any impressive results in Asian Volleyball Championship tournaments and also receiving sports scholarship from the Ministry of Education,” Hean explained.
Mava in the same statement said, they were seriously looking into the matter which has not only tarnished Hean’s reputation as he had contributed a lot to Mava in terms of financial assistance since 2010, but also affecting Mava’s image.
“We hope he (Hean) will continue his support to the teams and not be upset by this incident.
“Mava will conduct a disciplinary board hearing for Mohd. Aizzat and Raja Nazmi soon and will not hesitate to take stern action against them if they are found to have violated the rules and regulations of MAVA,” it said.
According to a Malay Mail report dated Nov 21, both players aged 20 claimed that they has not received any Asian Games allowances since February beside only paid US$100 one-off each since they started training with the national team. – Bernama