Sports Ministry to help 'homeless' NSAs

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sports Ministry is on a mission to help 'homeless' national sports associations (NSAs) and their national teams.

Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh confirmed the matter after an ice hockey event at Sunway Pyramid in Subang on Friday.

Also present were International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) president Luc Tardiff and Malaysian Ice Hockey Federation (MIHF) president Tengku Hishamuddin Zaizi Tengku Bendahara Azman Shah Al Haj.

"The Sports Ministry is helping MIHF to find a home. We are speaking to operators and there are a few ice skating rinks in Malaysia," said Yeoh.

"Nothing is confirmed yet but we need to identify because the national team have to lock in sufficient hours in a week to train. At the moment, they need at least nine hours a week.

"Once we have identified a venue, Malaysia can become a strategic location to host tournaments."

Yeoh also touched on developing and promoting ice hockey in the country.

It will become reality once ice hockey finds a proper venue.

Sports Ministry is also assisting other NSAs, who do not have a base and training venue.

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