Former hockey Olympian Asif Bajwa is confident to put the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) back on the right track after he took charge as secretary general of the federation on Monday.
“Our first and foremost duty is to stabilize the federation’s affairs which can lift the status of hockey in Pakistan,” Bajwa said while talking to the media.
He said that Pakistan has achieved so much in hockey and its current situation is a concern for everyone in the country. “Being the national game of Pakistan, hockey’s situation in the country is worst. We are four-time world champions but now we are not even in top ten” he said.
Bajwa asks for some time to settle down the federation’s affairs as nothing can be done overnight. “It will take time to control the things. I hope former Olympians will come forward to play their role towards betterment,” the secretary said.
Bajwa stressed upon the need to bring professionalism in the federation and overlook favoritism. “Our focus would be on merit and not involving anyone in the federation’s affairs on personal favors,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that PHF’s president released Shahbaz Senior from his post and appointed a member of Pakistan’s 1994 World Cup squad Bajwa as new secretary general of the federation.
Shahbaz, who had resigned from his post a month ago but later took back his decision and resumed the office once again, said it is surprising for him to be overthrown.