Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It's Datuk Sri Shan now

Former national hockey captain, N. Sri Shanmuganathan will be conferred the Darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP) in conjunction with Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah's 83 birthday celebrations.

Sri Shan or Datuk Sri Shan from now, skippered the national team that got fourt placing in the 1975 World Cup held in Kuala Lumpur.

I have known Datuk Sri Shan since the 1980s and he was the Chief Coach to the 1987 SEA Games in Jakarta, whcih I covered for my organization.

The 1975 World Cup team, coach by the late Datuk Ho Koh Chye produced a sensational performance to overcome defending champions Holland 2-1 to move into the semi-finals. However, the national team lost 3-2 to India in the semis.

Sri Shan also represented the country at the 1970 Asian Games, the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games and played in the 1973 and 1978 World Cups.

He was national coach from 1987-88.

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