ISLAMABAD - Rawalpindi Islamabad Sports Journalists Association (RISJA) managed to hold star-studied Olympians 0-0 in an exhibition hockey match played at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium late Thursday night.

Olympians were led by former world cup winning captain and Secretary Pakistan Hockey Federation Shahbaz Senior, while they had Rahat Khan, Farhat Khan and other great international players in their ranks, while Risja was led by its President Mohsin Ali, while Patron Shakeel Awan, acting chairman Nasir Aslam Raja, Shahryar Khan, Afzal Javed, secretary Shakir Abbasi, Nasir Abbas Naqvi and others also represented Risja.

Olympians XI kept the pressure on Risja and its defence but goalkeeper Zahid Awan played outstandingly to deny Olympians from scoring even a single goal. The match was played for 20 minutes with 10 minutes each half. Olympians thrice hit the goal bar but Zahid despite being hit on the head twice and received head injury, prevented Olympians from scoring goal. Risja also had two penalty corners and a golden opportunity of taking lead in the dying moments of the match, when Afzal Javed combined with Shakir made a brilliant move, but poor finishing denied them from scoring highly unlikely goal.

Reham Khan was the chief guest on the occasion, while PHF President Brig (R) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar, Women Wing Secretary Tanzeela Aamir and others were also present on the occasion.

At the end Reham was introduced with both teams players. The PHF not only gifted hockey sticks to Risja but also had wonderful souvenirs for every Risja member. Brig Khalid and Shahbaz Senior lauded Risja efforts for promoting soft image of the country through their writings and shows and said, the match was a meagre effort to bring close sports journalists community and PHF and ensure smooth working relationship. 

Reham Khan said it was great to watch sports journalists running after the ball rather than usually after stories. She termed it a great occasion and said she would love to part of the sports journalists community and promised to represent Risja in next event.