The spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in Japan saw the Asian Women’s Cup Championship scheduled for April 4 to 12 in Kakamigahara is postponed. The matter was announced by the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) through their official website.
The statement also stated that a new date for the tournament was yet to be decided, but it is likely to take place after the end of the Tokyo Olympics and before December 31, 2020.
Malaysian National Women’s Squad Captain Lailin Abu Hassan said the postponement gave her and her coaching team an advantage, with those who had only a month to prepare now have more time to plan their plans to advance to the tournament.
“I think the postponement is actually a positive sign for the team as we have more time to devote to our planning and training sessions because the one-month preparations are a bit overwhelming.
“When we are told that the tournament is postponed and is likely to run after the Olympics or before the end of the year, we can plan more carefully from every angle.
“I can also focus more on the basics of the game because some of the younger players lack the basics of the game so we can refine it in addition to the sessions that will boost their endurance through gym sessions,” she said today.
At the same time, Lailin added that she would apply for a series of overseas training and friendly matches if the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak improved as well as planning a friendly match in the country.
“I had previously proposed for a friendly match overseas but with the spread of the outbreak, foreign countries have not allowed us to go there either.
“If the outbreak is getting better and less likely, in May we will apply again to conduct training and friendly matches abroad as well as organize friendly matches in the country,” she added.