Razak Cup premier no more?
It was named after the second Prime Minister of Malaysia Abdul Razak Hussein.
It is said to be the premier hockey tournament in the country.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the prestigious tournament.
Yet, there seems to be the feeling that the Razak Cup is just “another” fixture in the national hockey calendar – a tournament that has to be organised just for the sake of it.
Aren't most of the best state players currently training with their respective clubs for the upcoming Malaysian Hockey League which is set to commence on Sept 1?
The MHL ends on Oct 10 while the Razak Cup begins four days later (Oct 14) in Kuantan.
Will the states have enough time to train their full team - with the inclusion of their club players - hardly three days prior the Razak Cup?
Will this be fair to the sponsors who are surely wanting leverage from the tournament but will end up getting a bunch of state teams with substandard quality of hockey?
I wonder what Prime Minister Najib Razak has got to say about his father’s tournament. In fact, I further wonder if Najib and his brother CIMB chief Nazir – widely known to be a sports enthusiast and will sponsor major golf tournament, the CIMB Classic, end of October - know this is the 50th edition of the 'family' tournament.
Wasn't this thought about? Or is there a reason to this?
Or is it safe to say the Razak Cup is premier no more?
HD says: Am I seriously missing something here?