Lahore: The already troubled Pakistan hockey faces another blow. PHF has decided not to participate in the Champions Trophy to be held in England in June.
This will be another big setback for the troubled hockey team which is passing through a difficult time on performance issues. It will be the first time in their history of not participating in the 2016 Olympic hockey after failing to qualify for it last year.
The present management team which took charge in August last year should have by now raised a national team which could play in this championship.
The federation failed to do so, they might be having some other plans as they have not yet announced a clear and comprehensive policy for regaining Pakistan’s glory in the world of hockey.
PHF’s secretary Shahbaz senior says it would be better not to take part in the Champions Trophy as the federation is busy planning to prepare a strong team for the 2016 World Cup.
The interesting part is that PHF has decided to participate in next month’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia and has set up a training camp in Lahore but surprisingly it did not adopt the same approach for the Champions Trophy.