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Malaysia is geared up to compete in underwater hockey at the SEA

Malaysia is geared up to compete in underwater hockey at the SEA

In Malaysia, swimmers are preparing to compete in underwater hockey. The sport is also known as “Octopush” and it was invented in the 1950s in the UK to keep divers fit and active during winter. Underwater hockey has gained immense popularity in Asia and the new discipline is all set to debut in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. The event takes place every two years and it is known as mini-Olympics that attracts thousands of athletes. Male and female players equipped themselves with caps, snorkelers, flippers, and gloves for an enduring practice session at the national aquatics Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Octopush is not suitable for faint-hearted players due to its high intensity. Players move swiftly underwater and try to hit the heavy puck by smashing it through the water. To become a successful player one has to know how to swim and hold the breath for a long time. Ishmael will captain the men’s team of Malaysia at the SEA Games that is scheduled to happen in November and December in the Philippines. The rules of the sport are similar to hockey but the match will consist of two teams of six players who will be playing in a space measuring 50 by 80 feet at a depth of 2 meters. 50 people are selected in Malaysia to play the game and they have to undergo 4 training sessions a week that will last 2 hours at a time. 4 medals are up for the grab and Malaysia is expected to send 24 players to compete in female and male categories.

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