LAHORE - Dar Hockey Academy (HA) distributed modern hockey equipment received from Holland among the players of the PHF hockey academy here on Friday.

Test cricketer Wahab Riaz was the chief guest at the ceremony where the equipment was distributed among the young players at the outer ground of National Hockey Stadium. Dar Hockey Academy president and former Olympian Tauqeer Dar was also present along with coaches of the academy.

A full container of hockey equipment was sent to Dar Academy by Flying Dutch veteran hockey team which toured Pakistan last December as a sign of goodwill to further cement sports relations between the two countries. The equipment includes hockey shoes, small goal posts, track suits, goalkeepers full kit, sticks, protective gears and allied stuff being used by players during practice and matches.

“In the first phase, we have distributed pairs of shoes and other equipment to the players of the PHF academy and in the second phase, we will be distributing it among the deserving players and academies throughout the country,” said Taqueer. He said during their visit to Pakistan, the Dutch veteran team promised to send hockey equipment and a desso turf for Dar Academy for the revival of hockey at grass root level.

He said Dar Academy will provide equipment to hockey clubs and academies which are working at early level for the cause of hockey.

He said a full goalkeepers’ kit was presented to veteran Olympians and former Pakistan captain Wasim Ahmed for his academy at Vehari. “The Dutch team will also be providing a desso turf which will be laid at the outer ground of national stadium whose plastic surface has worn out.”

“We are thankful to the Dutch team for their generous contribution for the further uplift of hockey. This gesture will be long remembered in history of Pakistan hockey as never before such a heavy strength of hockey equipment was provided to any academy,” he added.

He said Dar academy had signed a playing agreement with the PHF academy which under both the academies would play two practice matches in a week in order to improve their game. Showing a good gesture, Wahab Riaz also gifted 36 international standard hockey balls to Dar hockey, he concluded.