The AHF - Asian Hockey Federations
MHF, AHF websites serving no purpose
0 Comments | New Straits Times, Nov 24, 2009 | by Jugjet Singh
THE Malaysian (MHF) and Asian Hockey Federations (AHF) are professionals in launching programmes with pomp and pageantry, after which they don't give two hoots about maintenance.
There are too many projects, blueprints and whatnots that have been launched by AHF and MHF over the years with no follow-up to chronicle in this column, so the topic will be confined to websites.
The MHF website www.malaysiahockey.com.my was launched in the run- up to the Johor-Singapore Junior World Cup in June, but has been in a state of slumber since.
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There is no update at all, not even on the Junior World Cup, and it died after reporting that Malaysia beat England 1-0 in the first match.
Accountability, it seems, is missing from the MHF dictionary as it wasted money in creating a website which it never had any intention of updating.
It is a pity, as all MHF needed to do for starters was to pick up reports from the Malaysian media and post them, but even that seems to be a tedious chore for those who were paid to register the domain.
Now, news on Malaysian hockey is placed on individual blogs in the country and around the world, while the MHF doesn't even bother to inform the public on the dozens of tournaments and friendly matches that the national players at different age groups have competed in this year.
There is not even an effort to promote the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) which begins on Dec 4, even though there are plans to telecast some of the matches live on television.
And it looks like the MHF needs to pay royalty to the AHF for stealing its 'launch and forget' blockbuster script.
The AHF launched its www.ahfhockey.com during the Azlan Shah Cup in April and one would have thought that it would at least last for the duration of the tournament.
AHF president Sultan Azlan Shah launched the website during the tournament, but it never even lived to see the final results or reports posted.
The Asian body has hosted the Asia Cup in Kuantan, the Women's Asia Cup in Thailand and the Under-18 Asia Cup in Myanmar since, but if one is looking for results for these tournaments, forget the AHF website.
The Myanmar qualifier for the Youth Olympics in Singapore next year was a nightmare for journalists looking for results, as AHF officials kept the scores a big secret, and the Myanmar Hockey Federation joined in as an unholy trinity as its own website never bothered to offer information on the tournament, except to mention that it would be hosting the tournament and that the stadium was ready.
The Internet provides a means for the Malaysian and Asian Hockey Federations to reach the masses. And there are millions of schoolchildren in this region to tap, like it is being professionally done in Europe.
Hockey training programmes and tactical videos are available online there, but in Asia, we have yet to even reach the reporting stage on the information highway, and are still stuck firmly on the launch-pad.
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