By Tony Mariadass
Pictures by Azneal Ishak
|Yogeswaran (right) and C. Paramalingam with Don at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics|
|Yogeswaran showing the above photograph taken during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics to Donald here in Malaysia on Friday|
Don also said his involvement in other sports like cricket and athletics helped him become a better player in terms of coordination and fitness, while his training under poor light in the park, trained his eyes on focus on the ball.
On whether he would have been the player he was playing in present day conditions – artificial turf and changes in the rules – he said: “It is all about adaption. When I played in Australia, the playing style was different from the game I played when in Malaysia, but I adapted.
“It is all about learning basics, playing the game simple and above all enjoy the game.”
1964 Malaysian hockey team to Tokyo Olympics:
Ho Koh Chye, K. Anandarajah, M. Shanmuganthan, Michael Arulraj, D. Munusamy, Lawrence van Huizen ,Douglas Nunis, C. Paramalingam, Tara Singh Sindhu.Koh Hock Seng, R. Yogeswaran, A Sabapathy, Ranjit Singh, K. Alagaratnam and Lim Fung Chong
1968 Malaysian hockey team to Mexico Olympics
Ho Koh Chye, Francis Belavantheran, Sri Shanmuganathan, K. Alagaratnam, Ammenudin Mohamad Ibrahim, Joseph Johnson, Savinder Singh, A. Sabapathy, Yang Siow Meng, Koh Hock Seng, Hamahal Singh, Koh Chong Jin, Shanmuganathan Jeevajothy, R. Yogeswaran, Kuldup Singh and Loong Whey Pyu