Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan directed Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF)’s officials to amend constitution for the betterment of national game in the country.
In a meeting with PHF’s president Khalid Sajjad Khokhar and secretary Asif Bajwa, PM Khan, also former Pakistan’s captain, said the government will work on to gain back the lost identity of hockey. Khan, the Patron-in-Chief of PHF wants the new constitution similar to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
وزیراعظم عمران خان سے آج صدرپاکستان ہاکی فیڈریشن بریگیڈیئرریٹائرڈ خالد سجاد کھوکھر اور سیکریٹری جنرل پاکستان ہاکی فیڈریشن محمد آصف باجوہ نے وزیراعظم آفس میں ملاقات کی۔ pic.twitter.com/OyfHMAUe6X
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Meanwhile, the premier also asked PHF officials to plan a league following the format of Pakistan Super League (PSL) which played an important role in restructuring Pakistan’s cricket identity across the world. PHF heads were also told to work with provincial governments to set-up elite hockey academy each in all four provinces.
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On the other hand, Bajwa briefed PM Khan on their planning to lift hockey’s image in the country. “We had a useful discussion with PM Khan and we found him keen towards working for the betterment of hocket in the country,” Bajwa said.
It must be noted here that Pakistan has the most number of Hockey World Cups (4). The game has lost its identity due to politics in federation’s matters.