Chief Minister Sindh, Murad Ali Shah announced an annual aid of Rs. 100 million and ordered an immediate release of Rs. 3.5 million for Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to develop the sport in the province and the country.
A team of PHF that included President Brigadier (Retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar, Vice President Tariq Huda and Secretary Shahbaz Ahmed Senior had a meeting with CM Sindh to discuss plans for the growth of hockey in the country.
Murad Ali Shah also assured the renovation of Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium of Karachi during their meeting.
“The Sindh government will bear all the expenses for the renovation work of Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium,” said Murad.
He also promised the PHF delegates that he will put all his effort to revive the sport of hockey in the province as well as in the country. However, CM Sindh asked the federation to reactive clubs in the province and bring international hockey to Karachi.
“I would extend you all-out support — whatever you need — but [on your part] you have to activate the clubs across the province, and start international hockey in the [Karachi] city,” he said.
“There should be bylaws of the clubs to be governed by the PHF. If clubs are run on professional lines we will be able to develop world-class players. The game of hockey, like cricket, needs to be made commercial. [In this regard] I would help and support you,” he further told the delegation.
The President of the federation, Brigadier (Retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar, said in the occasion that PHF needs funds to carry on its operations in Sindh.
“The PHF needs a substantial annual grant to continue its operation across the Sindh province,” Khalid stated.
It is also decided in the meeting that an event featuring international hockey Hall of Fame players will take place in Abdul Sattar Hockey Stadium on January 10, 2018.