LAHORE: Former hockey Olympian Tauqir Dar has urged the federal government to take vital steps to deliver the costs of sports activities gear down with a view to promote the sports activities tradition within the nation and make it inexpensive for athletes and sportspersons.
Speaking to reporters on the Dar Hockey Academy, on the Nationwide Hockey Stadium right here on Saturday together with ex-Take a look at cricketer and ex-chief selector Mohammad Ilyas, Tauqir mentioned that it appears underneath a deliberate technique, the sport of hockey in Pakistan is being destroyed by European nations.
“It is a case of Pakistan vs Europe really. At first when European nations for several years could not beat Asian giant Pakistan on grass surfaces, they master-minded the introduction of Astroturf. But even then, Pakistan succeeded to win Los Angeles Olympics 1984 and then World Cup and Champions Trophy both in 1994,” recalled Tauqir.
“After that, in order to create further problem for Pakistan, the wooden hockey stick was replaced with a plastic one and changes were also made in other equipments, especially in the kit of a goalkeeper” noticed Tauqir. “Now, though the country has a good number of Astroturf grounds, the high prices of hockey sports equipment are the biggest hurdle in the way of promotion of the game.”
“Presently, a quality hockey-stick plus good pair of joggers cost around Rs 12,000 while the cost of goalkeeper’s kit is around Rs 300,000. So it is just not possible for middle or lower-middle-class families to afford such expensive equipment,” he argued.
Tauqir went on so as to add that although prior to now, departments and academic establishments supplied hockey sticks, balls, and different gear to the budding gamers, the present situation may be very miserable as no such assist comes from the establishments anymore.
Tauqir, who’s working Dar Hockey Academy for the final 13 years from personal generated assets, mentioned that with out lowering the costs of the sports activities items, the tradition of sports activities won’t develop within the nation.
Commenting on the PHF’s new plan of holding a hockey league, Tauqir mentioned in 2005 a league was organized in Karachi by then secretary PHF Brig. (rtd.) Mussaratullah and it was a great step. But it surely didn’t flourish.
“If the PHF has the will and the vision for it, then it will find out ways to organize the league successfully,” mentioned Tauqir. “The league is the best short-cut which could provide employment to hockey players as well as generate financial opportunities for them.”
He prompt the PHF maintain the league matches in small cities like Gojra, Gujranwala, Khanewal, and others to advertise the sport and make it well-liked.
Tauqir, son of nice Olympian Munir Dar, mentioned the nation was blessed with lot of expertise in hockey however there was a necessity for putting in an ideal system to groom that expertise into expert, worldwide stage one.
Ilyas additionally added that mentioned at their younger age, the sport of hockey was very fashionable and Pakistan received so many titles together with Olympics, World Cups and Asian Video games.
“Though we were cricketers, it was our desire to be a hockey player as their names were more popular because Pakistan was at the top of world hockey,” he mentioned.
Ilyas mentioned there have been many causes of the decline of hockey and one in every of them was that the federal government was not patronizing the sport. He mentioned many departmental hockey groups and golf equipment had closed down resulting from monetary issues. “I can only request the government and departments to come out with bigger roles to revive hockey,” he mentioned.
He appreciated the function of Tauqir Dar Hockey Academy for offering a great variety of gamers to the Pakistan group.
Printed in Daybreak, December 1st, 2020