KARACHI: Shahbaz Ahmed, Secretary Pakistan Hockey Federation has appreciated the success of the recently concluded Pakistan Cup, the 9 a side hockey tournament organized by ARY Network in Karachi.
The event was organized with the intention to promote the game of hockey in the country and get back the lost glory.
“It was after a very long time that Karachi saw a hockey activity of this magnitude. The patronage of the Sindh government was really commendable as it provided very lucrative cash prizes to the successful teams: Rs two million to the winners, one million to the runner up and half a million were shared by the two losing semi finalists,” he told APP on Tuesday.
“On the opening day, Governor Sindh Dr.Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan honoured us with his presence while Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah was the chief guest at the concluding day,” he added.
He went on to laud the role of CM, Murad Ali Shah, “It was a nice gesture by the CM to lap the ground along with the winning WAPDA side after the final which was greatly appreciated by the players as well as the spectators. Murad Ali Shah also promised to upgrade the stadium’s facilities such as the players’ hostel, gymnasium and the swimming pool.”
On the opening day, Karachi Hockey Stadium was renamed after the great humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, in presence of his son, Faisal Edhi, who thanked the wonderful act of the PHF.
All the matches had two halves of 20 minutes each with 9 players in each team and all the matches were played under floodlights.
It turned out to be a big success in terms of crowd as around 2,000 spectators witnessed the action in the early stages of the tournament, whereas, the stadium was full for the final with families coming in big number on the independence day to watch the live action.
Shahbaz Ahmed seemed extremely pleased with the success of the tournament and has said that they will look to organize more events in Karachi.
“We will organise big hockey events in Karachi on regular basis to gain the attention of crowds and to motivate the youth to take up hockey as sport and to play its due role in the revival of the game,” said the PHF secretary.