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Hockey: Malaysian chief threatens to pull struggling team from Asian Games

Published on Aug 12, 2014 4:49 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysian Hockey president Sultan Ahmad Shah has threatened to pull the men's national team from next month's Asian Games because of a lack of discipline as the fallout from a poor Commonwealth Games performance continues.

The Malaysians, runners-up at the last Asian Games, were humbled by lowly Trinidad and Tobago at last month's Commonwealth Games in Scotland as they exited in the group stage.

That followed a last-place finish at the 12-team World Cup in June, with head coach K. Dharmaraj being replaced by A. Arulselvaraj on Monday following a council meeting into the showings.

The sultan said a report into the two tournament failings had also highlighted issues with player discipline and warned the squad he would not put up with any repeats. "I am willing to pull the team out for the Games if there are no improvements," he was quoted as saying by Malaysian media.

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