Islamabad: After the successful launch of PSL in cricket, Pakistan hockey federation (PHF) has announced to hold national hockey league in October, November this year and utmost efforts will be made to stage this event in Pakistan. However in case of security concerns the event might be shifted to some other country.
PHF president Brig(Rtd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar during a meeting with Rawalpindi Islamabad sports journalists (RISJA) said “We will not allow hockey funds to be misused. On the issue of human trafficking he said we have already written a letter to NAB and FIA providing them names of Amir Salman and Neelum Hussain for legal action.” He said Pakistan Hockey league will take place in October or November this year which will include national players along with three or four foreign players in every team.
Brig(Rtd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar said if security conditions in the country improve, first preference will be given to Pakistan for holding this event otherwise it could be shifted elsewhere. He said various measures are being taken by the federation to uplift our hockey standard. We are developing short and long term plans including schools and academies, which will once again help establish hockey in Pakistan and bring it to its highest level of performance for which time is required. He further said that we have demanded an annual budget of 290 million Rupees from the federal government for hockey.
He said from now on every hockey tournament will be conducted by the federation itself, he said PHF was granted 70 million Rupees, out of which 23.1 million was spent on players balance payment and travel agents and the rest of it was spent on arranging training camps throughout the country. He said by conducting open trials countrywide we’ve managed to create a pool of 130 players and we’ll also be organizing hockey championships for youngsters and women this year. He said, there is a dearth of international level umpires and technical staff in Pakistan but the federation is seriously working to overcome this issue.