The International Hockey Federation (FIH) remains adamant that the use of the video referral system will not be allowed for the FIH Men’s Series Final
Kuala Lumpur 2019 tournament from 26th April till 4th May at the Bukit Jalil National Hockey Stadium.
The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) last Thursday filed an appeal to be allowed to use the video referral system for the Olympic Games qualifying tournament after receiving a letter from the FIH informing the parent body not to use the system for any of the Series Final 2019 matches.
The FIH, in their reply, was of the opinion that there are still some major broadcasting production discrepancies regarding the video referral system and that not all host countries are capable of offering the system.
The FIH, to be fair to all participating nations, will not be using the video referral system for any of the Series Final 2019 tournaments. The world body also insists that referee’s usage of the video referral system is not a compulsory and need not be implemented in the FIH Series Final 2019.
According to the MHC Competition Manager Brian Fernandez, MHC is unhappy with FIH’s stand but had no choice but to agree with the decision given that the tournament comes under the auspices of the FIH. Brian confirmed that MHC will not submit a second appeal.
“The appeal was submitted but we are far from satisfied with FIH’s response but there is nothing much we can do,” said Brian.
“The decision is final and since the FIH Men’s Series Final 2019 Tournament comes under the auspices of the FIH, we have to abide by their decision. Also, we will not be filing a second appeal.
Brian added: “What I’m hoping for this upcoming tournament is that the video referral system will be allowed to be used for the decisive match for the teams that will qualify for the 2020 Olympics at the end of this year.”
The FIH Men’s Series Final 2019 will have eight teams divided into two pools with Pool A being made up of Austria, Belarus, Canada and Wales while Pool B will have Brazil, China, Italy and Malaysia. The two teams that make it to the final qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics