Former Olympian Urges PM Khan To not Repeat Cricket’s Mistake in Hockey

Former hockey Olympian, Tauqir Dar, has suggested Prime Minister Imran Khan in opposition to abolishing department-based hockey.

PM Khan had lately alluded that the construction of hockey could be revamped on the idea of areas as an alternative of departments, a system much like that of home cricket.


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Whereas talking with journalists in Lahore, the 1984 Olympian mentioned that restructuring the home hockey on the identical strains as cricket will render many hockey gamers jobless.

He added that many cricketers had been compelled to turn out to be hawkers in an try and make ends meet because of Imran Khan’s determination.

I’ll enchantment to the premier to not repeat the identical mistake in hockey as lower-class persons are taking part in this sport and job alternative is the one supply of motivation for them to take up this sport professionally.

Tauqir additionally lamented the lack of the Pakistan Hockey Federation’s (PHF) to subject the nationwide group because of inadequate funds for the inaugural version of the Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey Professional League held final 12 months within the Netherlands.


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In January 2019, FIH had suspended PHF’s membership from the Hockey Professional League after Pakistan didn’t play their first three video games of the match. Consequently, Pakistan dropped to 17 from 13 within the FIH’s world rankings.

It was an excellent alternative to maintain Pakistan within the high ten groups of the world. Pakistan would have stayed within the high ten groups even when they’d misplaced all of the matches. Furthermore, it might have additionally supplied an excellent alternative to play hockey with massive groups like Australia, Holland, Germany, and Belgium on the idea of the highest ten rankings.

Final month, Chief of Military Employees (COAS), Normal Qamar Javed Bajwa, introduced a grant price Rs. 50 million for the PHF in a gathering with PHF’s board members led by President Brigadier (retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar.

Tauqir has urged PHF to make the most of the grant in an environment friendly method and known as for vital investments on the grassroots ranges.

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