KARACHI - The Karachi Hockey Association (KHA) is planning to host a grand reception in the honour of two Karachi-based players who as part of Pakistan hockey team won the gold medal in Asian Games at Guangzhou, Secretary KHA Muhammad Farooq Khan announced here Thursday. He said that President KHA Wasey Jalil has decided to hold the reception which would be held at the KHA Complex located opposite Sir Syed University in Gulshan-e-Iqbal on main University Road. The date of the reception would be finalised soon as the players now busy in attending various other receptions, he said. He disclosed that the KHA president would soon contact the Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad with the request to patronise the reception. President PHF Qasim Zia and Secretary Asif Bajwa, who played important role in creating the gold winning combination, would also be invited to the reception, he added. Young Abdul Haseem Khan who scored the match winning goal in sudden death period in the semi-final against South Korea and full back Sohail Abbas who scored one of the two goals which gave Pakistan 2-0 win over Malaysia in the final and the gold medal after a lapse of 20 years will be honoured at the function. Assistant coach of Pakistan team Ahmed Alam, who was also part of the team at the Asiad, would also be honoured at the reception, he said. The KHA is also planning to give financial rewards to the three, he added. He said that the gold at Asiad would provide new life to the sport particularly in Karachi which in the past had produced a number of top players who later played in Olympics and World Cups. His association, he said, had already organised Inter-School and Inter-Clubs tournaments to revive hockey in the city. With the active support of KHA President Wasey Jalil, he said, the association had plans to organise a number of events across the city at various ground at grass root level. In the meantime, it has been learnt that the KHA has decided to sideline those elements who were trying to create hurdles in the smooth working of the association. The KHA would soon issue letters to those elements to explain their conduct and if their reply was not found satisfactory, a disciplinary action would be taken against them. It is pertinent to mention that a few individuals holding offices in the KHA submitted a request with the KHA president some time ago to take action against the KHA secretary. But the KHA president rejected the plea and showed confidence in his secretary.