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New Year, new beginning for hockey in South East Asia

The The Phnom Penh Post reports that the moribund Cambodia Hockey Federation is being revived.
A new set of officials headed by national Olympic Committee of Cambodia secretary general Vath Chamroeun as the president assumed office last week, heralding a new phase of revival in the Kingdom that may lead to field hockey being restored to its rightful place, reports the newspaper’s website.

The The Phnom Penh Post reports that the moribund Cambodia Hockey Federation is being revived.
A new set of officials headed by national Olympic Committee of Cambodia secretary general Vath Chamroeun as the president assumed office last week, heralding a new phase of revival in the Kingdom that may lead to field hockey being restored to its rightful place, reports the newspaper’s website.
“The federation was not just inactive, it lay in ruins, and now we have to start from scratch,” said Vath Chamrouen yesterday. “It may not be very popular in the public eye, but the game has enthusiastic following. It is an Olympic discipline and we are duty bound to revive it.”
The head coach will be Phnom Penh resident Rana Asif Maqsood, whose has roots in Pakistan. “We have to find a suitable place in the city for our training, but our long term goal is to create a hockey facility with Astroturf,” he said. “We have to live with the changes the game has gone through. Turf or gravel are things of the past, and all over the world hockey is played on synthetic surfaces.”
International hockey is a way off at the moment but a the federation is to re-establish links with both the International Hockey Federation and the Asian Hockey Federation. The newly appointed CHF President will be heading to Malaysia on January 16 along with Maqsood to take part in the AHF’s annual general meeting.
Meanwhile, the federation has begun arrangements to host a friendly series – on grass – next month at either the Olympic Stadium or Phnom Penh’s Old Stadium. Invitees include teams from Japan and Thailand as well as a veterans team from Pakistan involving several notable players who have retired from the game in the last couple of years.

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