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PHF to organise six-nation tournament
 
 
 
PHF to organise six-nation tournament

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Rana Mujahid announced Tuesday that PHF was going to organise six-nation championship as Federation of International Hockey (FIH) president very kindly gave approval to organise the event in Pakistan.
Addressing a “Meet The Rawalpindi Islamabad Sports Journalists Association (RISJA)” at Pakistan Sports Complex meeting hall, Muajahid said it was also decided to organise PM Gold Cup Hockey Tournament every year. “In the first phase we are willing to play the six-nation event involving sides who are willing to play in Pakistan while in the second phase we will only invite top professional sides.”
“We are very grateful to Hockey India secretary, who very kindly agreed to resume bilateral hockey series with Pakistan. All the details have been finalised in this regard and now it is subject to clearance from Indian government. We will talk to Ministry on Foreign Affairs and government and I am quite confident the proposed series would take place later this year in Pakistan. I had made it clear to my Indian counterpart that Pakistan had toured India on number of occasions and now it is their turn to come and play in Pakistan. We are prepared to play three-match series in Pakistan and ready to play 6 or more matches in return leg in India.”
“We have also decided in principal to organise Pakistan Hockey League. We have almost completed all the documentation and now waiting for release of funds from the government. Nothing could be achieved without sufficient amount of funds. We have no other regular source of income and we have to completely rely on government to get funds as sponsors are not willing to step forward due to non-arrival of international hockey teams. As soon as we managed to break the ice, I am quite confident funds would start to flow from private sector as well.”
Mujahid said the PHF has given free hand to Shahnaz Shaikh to select team as federation just needed results and he has promised to provide satisfactory results in the upcoming events. “We as the defending champions of Asian Games, giving top most priority to defend the title as it would provide us direct path to Olympics, otherwise we would have to play in qualifying round.”
“We have requested Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is also the patron of Pakistan Hockey Federation, to allocate Rs500 million to PHF and it is my promise that with the availability of funds we would start to produce more than desired results in one-year time.”
When this correspondent asked Mujahid former secretary Asif Bajwa is giving statements against newly-appointed president and coach, he replied; “When Bajwa was secretary they were giving statements against him and now he is doing the same. If Bajwa would have been part of the PHF, I would have issued him show cause notice, but now I can’t stop him. We believe in results. I am quite confident with the amount of experience Shahnaz and Islahuddin have, they will soon transform the team into winning unit.”
“We have made special plans to revive hockey at grassroots level. We would organise district, regional, provincial and national level events. We have made it clear to all departments to at least participate in six national championships every year. The plan was to appear in 10 at least but due to financial position of departments, it was decided to make six events mandatory for every department. It was also decided to organise umpiring courses. We have international representation in the shape of Haider Rasool and Rashid Butt, who will officiate during Asian Games. We would prepare more umpires, coaches to enhance our international representation.”
“We have hired the services of Tahir Zaman as director coaching keeping in mind his vast international experience and he is very much part of FIH. He would help country in producing number of coaches in near future as we want to take Pakistan hockey back to old glory days. We had decided to take all former greats on board. I must give credit to president Chaudhry Akhtar Rasool who very kindly curtailed his powers and gave free hand to chief selector and head coach. No such example was witnessed in the past,” Mujahid concluded.



MOHSIN ALI
ISLAMABAD

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Rana Mujahid announced Tuesday that PHF was going to organise six-nation championship as Federation of International Hockey (FIH) president very kindly gave approval to organise the event in Pakistan.
Addressing a “Meet The Rawalpindi Islamabad Sports Journalists Association (RISJA)” at Pakistan Sports Complex meeting hall, Muajahid said it was also decided to organise PM Gold Cup Hockey Tournament every year. “In the first phase we are willing to play the six-nation event involving sides who are willing to play in Pakistan while in the second phase we will only invite top professional sides.”
“We are very grateful to Hockey India secretary, who very kindly agreed to resume bilateral hockey series with Pakistan. All the details have been finalised in this regard and now it is subject to clearance from Indian government. We will talk to Ministry on Foreign Affairs and government and I am quite confident the proposed series would take place later this year in Pakistan. I had made it clear to my Indian counterpart that Pakistan had toured India on number of occasions and now it is their turn to come and play in Pakistan. We are prepared to play three-match series in Pakistan and ready to play 6 or more matches in return leg in India.”
“We have also decided in principal to organise Pakistan Hockey League. We have almost completed all the documentation and now waiting for release of funds from the government. Nothing could be achieved without sufficient amount of funds. We have no other regular source of income and we have to completely rely on government to get funds as sponsors are not willing to step forward due to non-arrival of international hockey teams. As soon as we managed to break the ice, I am quite confident funds would start to flow from private sector as well.”
Mujahid said the PHF has given free hand to Shahnaz Shaikh to select team as federation just needed results and he has promised to provide satisfactory results in the upcoming events. “We as the defending champions of Asian Games, giving top most priority to defend the title as it would provide us direct path to Olympics, otherwise we would have to play in qualifying round.”
“We have requested Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is also the patron of Pakistan Hockey Federation, to allocate Rs500 million to PHF and it is my promise that with the availability of funds we would start to produce more than desired results in one-year time.”
When this correspondent asked Mujahid former secretary Asif Bajwa is giving statements against newly-appointed president and coach, he replied; “When Bajwa was secretary they were giving statements against him and now he is doing the same. If Bajwa would have been part of the PHF, I would have issued him show cause notice, but now I can’t stop him. We believe in results. I am quite confident with the amount of experience Shahnaz and Islahuddin have, they will soon transform the team into winning unit.”
“We have made special plans to revive hockey at grassroots level. We would organise district, regional, provincial and national level events. We have made it clear to all departments to at least participate in six national championships every year. The plan was to appear in 10 at least but due to financial position of departments, it was decided to make six events mandatory for every department. It was also decided to organise umpiring courses. We have international representation in the shape of Haider Rasool and Rashid Butt, who will officiate during Asian Games. We would prepare more umpires, coaches to enhance our international representation.”
“We have hired the services of Tahir Zaman as director coaching keeping in mind his vast international experience and he is very much part of FIH. He would help country in producing number of coaches in near future as we want to take Pakistan hockey back to old glory days. We had decided to take all former greats on board. I must give credit to president Chaudhry Akhtar Rasool who very kindly curtailed his powers and gave free hand to chief selector and head coach. No such example was witnessed in the past,” Mujahid concluded.



MOHSIN ALI
ISLAMABAD

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Rana Mujahid announced Tuesday that PHF was going to organise six-nation championship as Federation of International Hockey (FIH) president very kindly gave approval to organise the event in Pakistan.
Addressing a “Meet The Rawalpindi Islamabad Sports Journalists Association (RISJA)” at Pakistan Sports Complex meeting hall, Muajahid said it was also decided to organise PM Gold Cup Hockey Tournament every year. “In the first phase we are willing to play the six-nation event involving sides who are willing to play in Pakistan while in the second phase we will only invite top professional sides.”
“We are very grateful to Hockey India secretary, who very kindly agreed to resume bilateral hockey series with Pakistan. All the details have been finalised in this regard and now it is subject to clearance from Indian government. We will talk to Ministry on Foreign Affairs and government and I am quite confident the proposed series would take place later this year in Pakistan. I had made it clear to my Indian counterpart that Pakistan had toured India on number of occasions and now it is their turn to come and play in Pakistan. We are prepared to play three-match series in Pakistan and ready to play 6 or more matches in return leg in India.”
“We have also decided in principal to organise Pakistan Hockey League. We have almost completed all the documentation and now waiting for release of funds from the government. Nothing could be achieved without sufficient amount of funds. We have no other regular source of income and we have to completely rely on government to get funds as sponsors are not willing to step forward due to non-arrival of international hockey teams. As soon as we managed to break the ice, I am quite confident funds would start to flow from private sector as well.”
Mujahid said the PHF has given free hand to Shahnaz Shaikh to select team as federation just needed results and he has promised to provide satisfactory results in the upcoming events. “We as the defending champions of Asian Games, giving top most priority to defend the title as it would provide us direct path to Olympics, otherwise we would have to play in qualifying round.”
“We have requested Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is also the patron of Pakistan Hockey Federation, to allocate Rs500 million to PHF and it is my promise that with the availability of funds we would start to produce more than desired results in one-year time.”
When this correspondent asked Mujahid former secretary Asif Bajwa is giving statements against newly-appointed president and coach, he replied; “When Bajwa was secretary they were giving statements against him and now he is doing the same. If Bajwa would have been part of the PHF, I would have issued him show cause notice, but now I can’t stop him. We believe in results. I am quite confident with the amount of experience Shahnaz and Islahuddin have, they will soon transform the team into winning unit.”
“We have made special plans to revive hockey at grassroots level. We would organise district, regional, provincial and national level events. We have made it clear to all departments to at least participate in six national championships every year. The plan was to appear in 10 at least but due to financial position of departments, it was decided to make six events mandatory for every department. It was also decided to organise umpiring courses. We have international representation in the shape of Haider Rasool and Rashid Butt, who will officiate during Asian Games. We would prepare more umpires, coaches to enhance our international representation.”
“We have hired the services of Tahir Zaman as director coaching keeping in mind his vast international experience and he is very much part of FIH. He would help country in producing number of coaches in near future as we want to take Pakistan hockey back to old glory days. We had decided to take all former greats on board. I must give credit to president Chaudhry Akhtar Rasool who very kindly curtailed his powers and gave free hand to chief selector and head coach. No such example was witnessed in the past,” Mujahid concluded.

 
 
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