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Commonwealth teams honour Richards
- Updated: October 5, 2010
The South African hockey teams in action at the Commonwealth Games in India will wear black armbands to mourn the death of former South African Hockey Association General Manager and Honorary Life Vice-President, Paul Richards.
The world-renowned Richards was employed by the SAHA for 22 years, the greater part of this as general manager of the association. His contribution to South African hockey was immense and he continued to assist the organisation well after leaving it’s employ.
Paul┬áundoubtedly had the best knowledge of the general nuts and bolts of the domestic game and its administration. His knowledge of rules and technical issues, which include tournaments and umpiring has few peers in South Africa and beyond.
“The news of Paul’s death has shocked the very fabric of hockey in South AfricaÔÇØ, said SAHA president Dave Carr. ÔÇ£On behalf of the entire hockey community, we would like to send our deepest condolences to the Richards Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this sad and trying time.ÔÇØ
The two teams currently at the Commonwealth Games have been greatly saddened by Paul’s untimely death. The SA men and women’s teams play Canada and Scotland respectively.