LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan, the patron of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), has instructed the administration of the federation to make structural adjustments in its set-up, scale back the variety of groups for nationwide championship and set up centres of excellence in all 4 provinces.
PHF secretary Asif Bajwa disclosed this to Daybreak after he, together with the federation president retired Brig Khalid Sajjad Khokhar, met the prime minister in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Apparently it was the prime minister’s first assembly with the PHF delegation since taking cost as PM two years in the past. Regardless of being the PHF patron, it took two years for the PM to fulfill high officers of the hockey federation whereas the nationwide sport confronted alarming decline within the nation.
“The prime minister issued some instructions for the uplift of the game and promised full support by the government for raising the standard of Pakistan hockey to bring it back on the right track,” Bajwa mentioned.
“The PM asked the delegation to present a detailed presentation during the next meeting in which changes should be made in the [PHF] structure after making necessary amendments in the constitution of the federation,” he added.
PM concerned with decreasing variety of groups
“The prime minister is also interested in getting the number of teams [on domestic circuit] reduced in order to focus more on quality, not on quantity,” Bajwa acknowledged.
It could be talked about right here that on the identical directions of the PM, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has lowered its variety of home circuit groups from 16 to 6. Nevertheless, the transfer has left many cricketers jobless and a number of other amongst them are actually compelled to do odd, decrease stage jobs or do enterprise whereas a number of departments abolished their cricket groups within the new home system.
Like cricket, hockey additionally has a major variety of departmental groups and a PCB-like structural change by the PHF — decreasing the variety of groups — might go away a number of hockey gamers in vital financial hassle.
“The PHF delegation told the prime minister that unlike the PCB which gets considerable financial support from the ICC, we need full support of the government to revive our hockey,” he mentioned.
Bajwa mentioned the prime minister additionally urged the delegation to organise nationwide championships for various age teams, ranging from Below-14, 16, 19.
It could be talked about that for the final three years the PHF has not obtained any particular grant from the federal authorities. As a result of lack of funds, the PHF couldn’t fulfil its dedication of taking part within the FIH Professional League final 12 months on account of which it confronted a high-quality of $100,000 from the sport’s world governing physique.
Nevertheless, regardless of a number of studies carried by media that Pakistan’s participation within the FIH Professional League was within the doldrums no motion was taken by the federal government. Furthermore, just lately the Pakistan Sports activities Board snubbed the PHF by excluding it from its Govt Board, giving no weight to it, and included soccer which presently has no elected physique.
Revealed in Daybreak, August 27th, 2020