‘Without funds, World cup participation is in danger’ says Hassan Sardar


Pakistan hockey team manager and head coach, Hasan Sardar said that Pakistan’s participation in the upcoming Men’s Hockey World cup is in danger due to lack of funds.

Sardar while talking to the media on Friday said that the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) is going through a serious financial crisis which will create problems for them to participate in the World cup which is scheduled from November 28 to December 14 in Bhubaneswar, India.

“Without funds, it will be an impossible task for us to play in the mega event,” he said.

To a query about training camp ahead of the world cup, he said that they are hopeful to organise the camp from November 5 where the players will go through tough drills.

“The camp got delayed due to lack of funds but now hopefully it kicks off from November 5,” he said.

Sardar praised boys for showing great courage during the Asian champions trophy where they finished on a high note.

“The players did a great job during Asian champions trophy where we emerged as joint winners with India,” he said.

Former Hockey Olympian appealed to the government to release funds for them so that they can resume their activities in a proper way.

He also asked the corporate sector to come forward and support hockey in the country to help revive its lost glory.

“I would like to request the government to release the funds fro the federation,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan last time participated in the World cup back in 2010 in India.