The junior world cup is to commence from December 8 in Uttar Pradesh, India and Pakistan’s junior hockey team is yet to get the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the government.
Pakistan and India’s political relations are going through a rough patch, in this situation, the approval from government is necessary for the team to participate in the tournament.
It has been almost three weeks since Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) wrote a letter to Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) to sought permission for the big campaign.
PHF secretary Shahbaz Ahmed Sr told Express Tribune, “We are still waiting for NOC from government.”
“As far as I know, the matter is in process and it may take two more weeks. We are in touch with the IPC ministry and PSB. We will abide by whatever instructions the government gives us and are very much hopeful to receive an NOC,” he further told.
The event comprised of sixteen international teams, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, England, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and Spain.
Pakistan is placed in Pool B alongside Netherlands, Belgium and Egypt.