ISLAMABAD - First International Indoor Hockey Tournament organized under the umbrella of Capital Development Authority in collaboration with Pakistan Sports Board and Falcon Hockey Club UAE kicked off Saturday.

Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada was the chief guest of inaugural ceremony while Director General Sports, Culture and Tourism CDA, Director General Pakistan Sports Board, Pakistan national team’s former captain Shakeel Abbasi, large number of players and spectators were also present. Four international clubs including UAE Falcon men and women hockey clubs and Sharjah men and women hockey clubs are participating in the event. At the start of the event one-minute silence was observed for the victims of Nalter incident.

A total of six female matches were played on the opening day. UAE Falcons beat Bahawalpur 1-0. Parveen scored the only goal. Islamabad Women played 0-0 draw against Islamabad Greens. UAE Falcons also beat Islamabad Black 3-0 thanks to a superb hattrick by Sana. Sharjah Tigers outplayed Islamabad Women 4-0. Aqeela scored a brace, while Saba and Azhra scored a goal each. Bahwalpur beat Islamabad Black 3-0. Hina scored 2 goals, while Gulnaz scored one. Sharjah Tigers routed Islamabad Green 6-0. Azhra hit a hat trick while Neelama, Benish and Saba scored a goal each.

The IPC Minister while addressing on the occasion said the International Indoor Hockey Tournament would pave the path for international competitions on the grounds of Pakistan. He said that law and order situation has affected the sports activities; however, participation of players and spectators in such a large number shows the high spirits of Pakistani nation. He said that healthy society needs healthy competitions. He lauded the efforts of CDA for organizing tournament and assured full cooperation of Pakistan Sports Board for organizing healthy activities in Islamabad.

Director General Sports, Culture and Tourism said that on the directions of Chairman CDA, Maroof Afzal is not only organizing competitions of international games but also concentrating to promote regional games in Islamabad.