ISLAMABAD - Pakistan hockey suffered another blow, as after failing to secure a berth in the next year's World Cup, Pakistan is also out from the next years Commonwealth Games, as PHF failed to respond to organizsrs of the games despite repeated requests made by the IOC-recognised Pakistan Olympic Association led by Lt General (R) Syed Arif Hasan.
While talking exclusively to The Nation Tuesday Samiullah blamed current PHF management for the entire episode. The veteran Olympian, who was dubbed as flting horse in his playing days, termed it a sheer negligence on the part of the federation, who instead of taking solid steps to ensure green shirts presence in the mega event deliberately let the deadline to pass as despite getting extension previously the PHF failed miserably to cash in on from the opportunity.
Samiullah said: “It would have proved a great opportunity for the players and the country and after being dumped out of the world cup, Commonwealth Games was the perfect stage to give much needed international exposure to the players, as they would get much needed experience while playing alongside one of the world's best hockey playing nations.”
He said the president and secretary had done nothing since their inception and hockey fortunes had gone from bad to worst during their tenure. “It is arguably the worst ever era in the history of Pakistan hockey, where green shirts fail to win even a single major title at international level with the only exception of Asian Games gold medal and that too we were very lucky not to have India in the final otherwise things could have been far different.”
He said I had never heard the example of one official resigned and other fulfill that spot and it was totally unconstitutional and only happened in Pakistan. He urged the government to take notice of these childish and silly mistakes of the PHF management.
“Why Inter Provincial Ministry is not taking a quick action against these incumbent officials of the federation. Ad hoc should have been immediately imposed on the federation as soon as Pakistan hockey team failed to qualify for the next year's hockey world cup.”
He completely rubbishes the claims of secretary Rana Mujahid, who had opposed ad hoc on the federation sighting elections were announced and termed this step as undemocratic and uncalled for, and said there was no justification in Rana Mujahid's arguments, as some certain elements were playing musical chairs game in the federation and they were taking things for granted, Samiullah concluded.