NATIONAL HOCKEY SQUAD TO START PREPARATIONS EARLY FOR THE ASIA CUP

16 Jul 2013 07:54

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 (Bernama) -- The National hockey squad will start preparations for the 2013 Asia Cup Men's Hockey Championship to be held in Ipoh, Perak from Aug 24 to Sept 1, early.

Due to the Ramadan month, the players will start their physical training (conditioning) for a week at the National Sports Council (NSC) Gymnasium in Bukit Jalil after a week's rest since the completion of the FIH World Hockey League Semifinals in Johor Baharu from June 29 to July 7.

National goalkeeper S. Kumar said after the conditioning, players would start their outdoor training.

"Even though we are on a week's leave after the FIH World Hockey League Semifinals, we continue to train on our own to improve our endurance and stamina.

"The Asia Cup is an important tournament and we need to prepare early as every match will be crucial," he told reporters, here, today.

Teams playing in the Asia Cup can earn a ticket to the World Cup in The Hague, Holland from May 31 to June 15, 2014.

In the Asia Cup, Malaysia have been drawn in Group A with Pakistan, Japan and China while Group B comprise defending champion South Korea, India, Oman and Bangladesh.

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