ISLAMABAD  - Former Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh has said the Olympians have planned to go on protest in the coming days against the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) elections as they were not being held under an interim set-up.
Elections in 13 districts of Punjab and Sindh under the supervision of the PHF Election Commissioner have been completed. However the elections of all the two phases will be completed by Nov 15.
Talking to APP on Sunday, Shahnaz said we (Olympians) will gather in Islamabad to give back the medals which we had won in the past for Pakistan as we cannot see the game of hockey fading the country.
“I had appealed the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) and the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) to intervene in the matter and conduct the elections under a care taker or interim setup,” he added.
Shahnaz said if this was not possible than the PHF’s president should be nominated directly by the Patron-in-chief as per its constitution.
“The current PHF had hurt the hockey fraternity badly during the last five years and in order to conduct free and fair elections it was better to put in an interim setup,” he said. Shahnaz said it was our (ex-Olympians) national duty to highlight anything if we see is hurting or damaging the national game.
Shahnaz said if we (Olympians) got the chance to run the national game’s affairs then within the next couple of years we will build a formidable national team which will be able to earn victories in international events.
Speaking of the Hockey India (HI) decision of not to include any Pakistani players in the second edition of the Hockey India League (HIL) to be held in January-February next year, Shahnaz said we should organise our own country’s league as in this way all our national and domestic players will get a chance to improve their skills.