Ex-national player in trouble for protesting non-hockey event at KL stadium

PETALING JAYA: A former national hockey player who questioned the use of the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium for a brass band competition has found himself in trouble with the KL Hockey Association (KLHA) disciplinary committee.

I Vikneswaran, who is part of KLHA’s development committee, had criticised the decision to allow a non-hockey event on the KL Hockey Stadium’s astroturf in a Facebook posting on July 31.

A source told FMT that because of the brass band competition, the KL hockey team had to reschedule their training programme to prepare for the Sukma Games, affecting the weekly U14 boys and girls training.

KLHA’s Hockey Development Programme also had to be postponed that week for the brass band competition.

The source questioned the disciplinary action against Vikneswaran.

“There are so many other places in KL for the brass band event, why use a hockey pitch which disrupts Sukma training and development programmes?” he said.

“He’s saying so as a hockey lover who wants to see the sport progress.”

The source added that Vikneswaran had worked hard to run free hockey programmes in the Klang Valley.

The source said many hockey players and parents were also not happy over KLHA’s “lack of priorities”.

When contacted, a KLHA official confirmed that Vikneswaran would face a disciplinary inquiry tomorrow.

The official said the stadium belonged to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), and that KLHA was only managing it.

“Sometimes it is used for other purposes. It’s theirs (DBKL) so we give way.”

Attempts to get a response from KL mayor Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz were unsuccessful.