INNEBANDYPLANETEN are right now reporting about Floorball in 15 different countries. Normally we report about Europe but sometimes it´s fun to hear what people in other part of the world has to say about Floorball. Now I made an interview with goalkeeper Rajiv from Singapore that will play the World Floorbal Championship. You find it all below…
Hi Rajiv, how are the preparations going for the WFC in Finland? Hello! Team Singapore has been preparing for this tournament since October and the team is pretty much in shape and ready for action in the upcoming WFC in Helsinki.
Can you tell us some words about the floorball in Singapore? Floorball is still a relatively new sport in Singapore as it was only introduced around 1995. But it has slowly gained popularity and it has had tremendous success at the lower age group levels as many schools have floorball as an active sport. We also have many tournaments for the different age groups, starting from under 12 all the way up to tournaments at the varsity level followed by the Singapore floorball league where we have 4 divisions for the Mens and 3 divisions for the Womens league. Floorball has been growing really fast the past couple of years plus with Singapore hosting the Asia Pacific tournament this year in February it brought floorball to the masses like never before.
How good is the national team of Singapore? What are your goals for the WFC? The Mens national team has won the Asia Pacific tournament on numerous occasions 2006,2007,2008 and the most recent one held in Singapore in 2010. In Asia i would say that we are one of the stronger teams but at the WFC level we still lack experience. We are slowly getting there with more constant exposure to international tournaments like the yearly edition of the Asia Pacific tournament as well as the WFC. For this WFC our main goal is to better our performance from the last WFC where we came in 5th in our group in division B as well as 15th place overall. It was our best WFC placing ever and this was largely due to our coach Mr Filip Dahlgren who brought the team to another level by instilling the winning mentality in us. Furthermore this world cup sees the introduction of quite a few new and young players to the national team. Therefore it will be an important experience for these young players as this WFC is the perfect place to expose them to high level floorball.
Can you tell us something about yourself as a floorball player? As an individual i would say that i am a very hardworking player. I am also very team orientated and i try to help the younger players with my experience. I think this is important as it helps the team move forward and to improve both as a team and an individual.
If you should pick your dream-line of 5 players and a goalie. What kind of persons do you choose? This is a really tough question as i think there are just too many good players out there. But here goes! Goalkeeper- Hendri Toivoniemi, Defenders- Johnson Sivalingam, Henrik Quist, Centre- Mika Kohonen and lastly forwards- Magnus Svensson and Tiitu Tero. The players i chose are all vastly experienced, and are match winners. I think this would be my dream line as it would be a really potent line up furthermore i think any coach would love to have these players in their team.
You have been to Sweden before. Did you play here and why? My first visit to Sweden was in 2006 for the WFC edition held there. My second visit was early this year where i stayed in Stockholm for about 6 months from January to June. I came over to study in Stockholm University on a student exchange program. I also got an opportunity to train and play with Täby Fc while i was in Stockholm. It was an unforgettable and invaluable experience for me to train and play with Täby Fc. I must thank teammates as well as the management at Täby for making my training stint a really memorable one as i was the only foreigner in the team, and they went out of their way to make me feel welcomed. I also got an opportunity to see the best team in Sweden play – Caperiotäby! It is my belief that in order for you to improve and better your skills as a player you have to train and play at a higher level and i think that there is no better place then Sweden. It is also my dream to return to Sweden and play in the elitserien one day and hopefully soon!
INNEBANDYPLANETEN.SE will meet you in Helsinki for another interview. How much do you look forward for the WFC? That would be great as Team Singapore would be looking forward in welcoming you! I am actually very excited about the upcoming WFC and we are just raring to go! We will see you there and play well!