Delay in implementing keepers' kit colour rule

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 September, 1997, 12:00am

Hong Kong will wait until the start of the 1998 season before implementing the international ban on white-coloured goalkeeping attire and equipment.

Hockey's world governing body FIH introduced a rule for last year's Atlanta Olympics banning goalkeepers from wearing white pads, socks or boots.

It followed up by asking all member associations to follow suit. From January 1, goalkeepers must wear dark pads, socks and shoes, but not green.

However, the Hong Kong Hockey Association has given local clubs a grace period and will only make the rule compulsory from the start of the following season.

'There are a lot of clubs which have already bought white pads for the season,' said the association's Jock Collaco.

'We are being a bit lenient at this stage because the pads are quite expensive. One pair could cost up to $8,000,' he added.

The ban on white socks will come into effect in Hong Kong on January 1.

The ruling is aimed at assisting umpires in making decisions on possible goalkeeping infringements.

Goalkeepers are not allowed to cover or step on the ball, and it is sometimes difficult for umpires to spot offences with white padding because the ball is also white.

Green padding is not allowed because of the pitch.