Hockey Goalkeeper Kumar is Asia’s Best

January 17th, 2011 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Kumar honoured as Asia’s best

KUALA LUMPUR: It has been an emotional year for national goalkeeper S Kumar. The Tampin-born suffered a huge blow with the passing of his beloved father-cum-mentor S Subramaniam during the New Delhi Commonwealth Games last year.

Nevertheless, a devastated Kumar went on to give an excellent performance during the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China a month later which saw the Malaysian team playing in the final — the same time his wife Parimalah Letchumaran gave birth to their newborn Varshan.

It was only natural for Kumar to be awarded as Asia’s Best Player by the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) during their Congress held in KL yesterday.

He inks his name in the history books as being the first Malaysian to receive the award.

“It is indeed an honour that I will cherish. I dedicate this award to my late father who encouraged me right from the beginning,” said Kumar, 32.

“Without the sacrifices of my father, I will not be here today.”

The honour was timely as Kumar has been named the best goalkeeper in eight international tournaments since the Azlan Shah Cup in 2007.

Kumar started playing hockey at the age of 15, representing SMK Tunku Besar.

His first national call up was for the Commmowealth Games 1998 training squad and first played for the country at the Brunei Sea Games a year later.

Since then he has been a regular face between the posts, having played in a string of international tournaments including the Asian Games (2002, 2006, 2010), Asia Cup (2003, 2007, 2009) and Champions Trophy (2007).

He was even selected to the Asian All-Stars team for his brilliant performances in Guangzhou.

“The next year will be difficult as Malaysia need to prepare well for the (Olympic) qualifiers but it is my dream to play in the Olympics,” he added.



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