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SEA Games: Ice hockey makes splash in tropics, puddles and all

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES “We’re used to it, that’s our advantage actually. We’ve practized a lot in this kind of situation,” Kovago explained.READ: Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey “It’s more sticky, so the puck will not slide. So a lot of times, you try to control the puck and you’ve just lost it because it will get stuck in the water.“So it’s not really an advantage but we got used to it, so we learned to play in these kind of conditions.”Turning up the heatADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sunday’s game was at Kuala Lumpur’s brand new national ice skating stadium, in the heart of a suburban shopping mall which remains partially under construction.The rink, described by Indonesia’s coach Gary Tan as the best in Southeast Asia, has had a few teething problems and it was previously blanketed by a thick fog, before staff adjusted the temperature settings.On Sunday the rink was ringed by hundreds of enthusiastic fans, raising the temperature beyond normal levels.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA Games“In the first period they found it difficult to skate but eventually they were able to skate well and overall the play was quite good,” said Hisham Yahaya, Malaysia’s team leader.“They’re used to soft ice. The ice here isn’t very hard but they’re able to adjust.”Ice hockey remains in its infancy in Southeast Asia and is usually played by small groups of enthusiasts.Indonesia’s team have only been together for a matter of months, and they are playing only their second tournament after making their debut at this year’s Asian Winter Games in Japan.READ: 29th SEA Games officially open in Kuala Lumpur“This is a milestone in the bigger development of this super-beautiful sport, ice hockey,” said Indonesia’s captain, Jonathan Sudharta. 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It’s a stepping stone, we waited a long time for this,” he said.Figure skating and speed skating will also make their debut at the SEA Games, a biennial competition where the sporting programme is usually tailored to suit the host nation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taallast_img read more

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