Malaysia | Asia Samachar | 10 June 2015
Baljit Singh will feature for Malaysia in the World League Semi-Finals hockey tournament in Antwerp, Belgium, from June 20 to July 5.
The 28-year-old Kuala Lumpur-born defender is among 18 players named the World League, which is the qualifying tournament for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
“I will give my best as need to finish top four in our group to qualify for the quarter-finals,” Baljit tells Asia Samachar.
Malaysia have not featured in the Olympics since in Sydney, Australia, in 2000. Ten teams will feature in the tournament but only top three teams will qualify for Olympics.
Malaysia are ranked 12th in the world and they will open their Group B campaign against China on June 21 followed by Ireland (June 25), hosts Belgium (June 26) and Britain (June 28).
World champions Australia are drawn in Group A with India, Pakistan, Poland and France.
Baljit, who made his international debut for Malaysia in 2006, is ready for the challenge in Belgium, though acknowledges that it would a ‘tough task’ as Malaysia is pitted against ‘strong teams’ like Britain, Belgium and Ireland.
“We hope to defy the odds and qualify for the Olympics after a hiatus of 16 years,” said Baljit, known as a hard working and disciplined player, who has 194 international caps to his credit.
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