ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Shahbaz Ahmed Senior is confident that Pakistan Whites will clinch a gold medal in the ongoing 12th South Asian Games (SAG) in India.

"The team's performance has been up-to-the-mark in the initial two matches. I am very much optimistic that it will return home with gold medal," Shahbaz said on Tuesday. Pakistan Whites hockey team defeated Sri Lanka in the first match and in the second match on Monday, they defeated traditional rivals India 2-1 at Guwati. Shahbaz said India were Pakistan's main rivals but after Monday's win against them Pakistan boys appeared more confident to clinch the gold medal.

Pakistan were a dominant side in hockey along with India for decades. They won the World Cup four times in 1971, 1978, 1982 and 1994. They also won Gold in the Summer Olympics a total of three times in 1960, 1968, and 1984.