The Malaysian men’s hockey teams have discovered their opponent that will stand between them and a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Malaysian men’s hockey team have been drawn against Great Britain and will battle them at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London on 2nd and 3rd November 2019 in what is the final opportunity for teams to qualify for the Olympics.
The Malaysian men’s hockey team – who also jumped again on the world ranking table to stand 11th in the world – have fair experience playing against the British men.
Great Britain players Adam Dixon, David Ames and Phil Roper all recently featured for England in a 3-3 draw against Malaysia at the Four Nations Tournament in August, whilst Scotland’s Alan Forsyth too featured against the Malaysians at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
While the Malaysian men are keen to express themselves through their well-trained skills, they also face the challenge of dealing with heightened expectations.
MHC Deputy President Dr Shamala S. has expressed delight with the updated rankings and said she hoped to “fulfill the expectations.”
“It’s a proud feeling for our Men’s Team to have jumped up again in the ranking, while the Women’s Team maintain their 20th position. Both definitely deserve a salute and a bow down for.” Dr. Shamala said.
Upon the draw being made, Dr. Shamala also said it was a great experience watching the draw and awaiting the result.
“It was an interesting experience watching the draw. Our hearts were pounding awaiting the result. The road to the Olympics has always been the most challenging but that’s what makes the final destination the most desirable. I am very certain that Coach Roelant, Stephen George Van Huizen, Nasihin, Amin and the players will make Malaysia proud.”
The Great Britain vs Malaysia Olympic Qualifier matches will be played at the Lee Valley Hockey Stadium in London and the tickets are set to go on sale on Monday 16 September.