Malaysia Hockey Confederation chief slams AHF over lack of Asian Olympic qualifying slots

Malaysian Hockey Confederation president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal has criticised the Asian Hockey Federation for failing to protect the continent’s interests in the sport.

According to local media reports, speaking at yesterday’s MHC executive board meeting Subahan said: “The AHF have not been protecting Asia’s interest, and this is why teams in this continent are lagging. Teams in Asia are finding it very difficult to qualify for the Olympics.

“India were Asia’s only representative in the men’s event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“More qualifying spots should be given to Asia as the continent provides hockey with viewership and sponsorship. Also, most major events are held in Asia.

“The finalists of the Asian Games should be handed Olympic slots. However, the AHF have never fought for their members, who are actively promoting the sport.”

The 53-year-old also confirmed he will step down as president of the MHC should the Malaysian national team fail to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. They play Great Britain in their final qualifier in November in London.

Subahan said: “I stand by my decision to step down as MHC president if Malaysia fail to qualify for the Olympics. We have not played in the Olympics since the 2000 Sydney edition.”