Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi Friday said the Pakistan’s U-16 hockey team win in the 16th Asia Cup Hockey Tournament has made the whole nation proud.  Sethi congratulated the players, manager and coach of the national hockey team and observed that they had earned a good name for the country.

Speaking at a reception hosted here at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Friday in honour of the national junior hockey team which had won U-16 Asia Hockey Cup Tournament, he said: “The players are ambassadors of a country who raise the image of a nation through their performance and behavior. They should play a fair game and should serve as role model in and outside the ground.”

Provincial Minister for Sports Salima Hashmi, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) president Qasim Zia, secretary M Asif Bajwa, manager/head coach Tahir Zaman, principal secretary to CM, commissioner, and DCO were also present there. The CM gave a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each to the hockey players, coach and manager of the u-16 hockey team on their glorious victory.

Sethi assured that Punjab government would continue to extend all possible cooperation for the promotion of sports activities in the province. “It is indeed a big honour to represent Pakistan and the players should be ready to make every sacrifice for the country. The players should not indulge in any activity which can tarnish the image of the country rather they must play a fair game and present a good image of Pakistan as they are in a position to do something for the country which others cannot,” he added.

Qasim Zia thanked the chief minister for encouraging the team.

 He said Pakistan’s junior hockey team remained unbeaten in the hockey tournament held at Singapore. “Pakistan hockey team not only won the tournament but also qualified for the next year’s Youth Olympics,” he added.