LAHORE - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary M Asif Bajwa Thursday said that change in the setup of the hockey federation would be made through a democratic way not through back door.

“Pakistan is a democratic country and the PHF is following the same spirit in all manner and changes in the federation will be carried out through democratic way,” he told the reporters at the inauguration of the hockey academy in the Government College University (GCU). GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr M Khaleequr Rehman, Chairman GCU Sports Board Dr Ikramul Haq, former Olympian Rana Muajhid and Rehan Butt were also present.

Bajwa said the PHF would not support any change in the PHF through back door and if any change took place, it would be taken by the PHF executive board in its meeting on September 11. He termed Pakistan shameful defeat in Asia Cup ‘a catastrophic defeat’ which has sent the entire nation in a shock and said the PHF was also having the same feelings.

To a query, he replied: “Manager of the Pakistan hockey team Akhtar Rasool has not yet submitted the performance report of the team which could not win the Cup and failed to qualify for the Hockey World Cup 2014.”  “I was there with the team in Ipoh during the event and I know all the facts which let the team down and I don’t think that the manager’s report will be that important as some facts are known to every one as far as the team’s loss is concerned,” he added. The PHF secretary said setting up of a hockey academy in the GCU was a step forward to revive hockey and to supplement the PHF efforts to address the debacle of hockey. He assured PHF’s all-out cooperation to make the academy a success by providing coaching and allied technical help. He urged the other educational institutions to follow the example of GCU for setting up a hockey academy to motivate the youth to take up hockey as a sport. “Such academies will produce educated hockey players,” he said.  He called upon the ex-hockey Olympians to utilize their energies by imparting training to young players in their respective cities rather grilling the PHF through their negative criticism.

The GCU VC said their hockey academy would provide quality players in years to come, the way it provided champions in various disciplines of sports. “We will be creating state of the art hockey and cricket facilities in due to course of time at our Kala Shah Kaku campus and the hockey stadium will be equipped with synthetic turf.”

Meanwhile, Old Rivans XI beat VC XI 2-1 in a friendly match to mark the opening of the hockey academy.