LAHORE-First Secretary Australian High Commission in Pakistan Ms Nicole Guihot Wednesday expressed the hope that Pakistan hockey can regain its lost prestige as its players have the necessary talent and technique.

On her arrival, Ms Guihot was received by Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Shahbaz Ahmed and PHF women wing secretary Mrs Tanzila Aamer Cheema. Talking to the media here after witnessing a hockey match between two women teams at the National Hockey Stadium, she said that the Hockey Australia (HA) has assured the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) about extending support to revive Pakistan's hockey fortunes. "The areas of cooperation will include coaching and umpiring," she said.

After watching the match with keen interest and praising the skills and technique of the players, Guihot said: “Pakistani players are rich in talent and technique and with hard work and commitment, they can win back the lost glory.”

Shahbaz and Tanzeela thanked the first secretary for her interest in Pakistan hockey and visiting the PHF headquarters. Shahbaz recalled his memories of Australia especially those of his finest hour when he led Pakistan to victory at the 1994 World Cup in Sydney. "Australian people have a great passion for hockey and Australia organised a number of elite tournaments for the promotion of the hockey," said PHF secretary.

He briefly threw light on the efforts and revival plan chalked out by the PHF for lifting the game out of present gloom. "The PHF is focusing on forming young teams at junior and senior level under its development plan to ensure a better tomorrow of Pakistan hockey," he said.

"There is no short cut to success and that is why the PHF is exploring best possible avenues to put the hockey at the right track and to regain lost glory," Shahbaz added.

The Australian High Commission praised the efforts of the PHF for the revival and overall development of the game. In the end, the PHF secretary presented a souvenior to Ms Guihot.