AZHAR KHAN

LAHORE – Wapda hockey team captain and best player of the 27th National Women Hockey Championship Rabia Qadir Wednesday pleaded for establishing of hockey academies across the country to boost the game among the women and to produce better players to get better results in international events.

Talking to this scribe, Rabia said the Pakistan women were far behind as compare to other international players due to lack of facilities in Pakistan.

“Our journey towards earning laurels for the country is tough but it’s not impossible as the players have great passion to learn but lack of facilities is the biggest hurdle in the way to success. There is not a single women academy across the country so the Pakistan Hockey Federation must establish one academy each in the every province where the women players can get all the basic training and coaching facilities,” Rabia said.

There was a need of making domestic infrastructure strong to gain good position in international events, she added.

“The federation should make domestic infrastructure strong to promote women hockey at national and international levels and arrange maximum number of junior tournaments at national level and for seniors should arrange some international tours for their international exposure to boost their morale,” Wapda captain added.

Praising the efforts of Wapda in promoting the game across the country, she said that Wapda had great contribution in producing so many players. She said that other departments should also come forward and form more women hockey teams to explore new talent.

To a query, she replied that she aiming for establishing an academy for women where she would train young girls. “It is my biggest aim of establishing hockey academy for girls where I will train young and talented girls.”