Hockey India announced on Monday that India will not play any bilateral series against Pakistan until Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) submits an unconditional apology for making ‘baseless allegations’ against them.
A media release from FIH said that Pakistan should apologize for their “lewd and unprofessional behaviour of the Pakistan team during the FIH Champions Trophy 2014″ and “their habit of telling perpetual lies to media regarding Hockey India.”
In December last year, PHF denied the claims of International Hockey Federation (FIH) that India did not issue Pakistan’s junior hockey team visas for Junior Hockey World Cup because they failed to submit the required documents before the deadline.
As a result, Malaysia replaced Pakistan in the campaign.
“This version of the FIH is completely baseless as the PHF had submitted visa application forms along with relevant documents pertaining to visa formalities well in time on Oct 24. The No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the government of Pakistan had also been obtained on time but still India did not issue visas to the Pakistani contingent,” PHF’s statement added.
India have now responded to the interview of the secretary PHF Shehbaz Ahmed and has tried to clear their stance on the whole situation.
“It is very clearly stipulated that the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs had requested for residents of Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Stateless persons and Pakistan to submit their visa application at least 60 days prior to the commencement of the tournament to avoid the visa applications being rejected,” stated statement from FIH.
“Since PHF failed to adhere to the deadlines for the submission of their visa’s, Hockey India cannot be blamed for the consequent rejection of invitation by FIH.”
“FIH also sent numerous reminders for Pakistan Hockey Federation for the submission of the Pakistan teams visa, the decision of FIH to withdraw the Pakistan Hockey team from the Hockey Junior World Cup 2016 was solely at their discretion and has nothing to do with Hockey India,” it added.
“It is a shame that PHF has again raised the issue of the misbehaviour of the Pakistan hockey team during the FIH Champions Trophy in 2014 as an excuse and opportunity to blame Hockey India for their own incompetence that resulted in the Pakistan team not participating in the Hockey Junior World Cup 2016,” said Hockey India’s spokesperson Dr. R P Singh.
He accused PHF for raising the point again and perpetually lying over it, “Hockey India has again taken the decision to not play any bi-lateral series against Pakistan unless they submit an unconditional regret in writing for the lewd and unprofessional behaviour of the Pakistan team during the FIH Champions Trophy 2014 and their habit of telling perpetual lies to media regarding Hockey India.”
“We once again reiterate that PHF should learn to take responsibility for their incompetence and incapabilities and stop blaming India to please their local audience. It is high time Pakistan Hockey Federation learns to work as an organisation and stops blaming others for their own internal problems,” he further said.