FIH Chief assures support for international hockey revival in Pakistan


Karachi: International Hockey Federation (FIH) Friday vowed to assist Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to revive international hockey in Pakistan while the Punjab government has assured provision of fool proof security to the foreign teams visiting the country.

FIH President Leandro Negre met Punjab Chief Minister Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif, brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Friday.

Kelly Fairweather, CEO of FIH, Tayyab Ikram, CEO Asian Hockey Federation, Brig (retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar President PHF and Secretary General Shahbaz Ahmed were also present during the meeting.

Leandro Negre informed the Chief Minister about FIH’s efforts for the revival of international hockey in Pakistan.

He said that the FIH and Continental Hockey Federation would work together to design a plan to convince foreign teams to play in Pakistan or at a neutral venue.

Shahbaz said that his government would provide every possible support for the progress of hockey and would play its bigger role efficiently.

He assured FIH delegation that foreign teams visiting Pakistan would be provided with fool-proof security and the government would take care of their comfort and peace of mind.

President PHF Khalid Sajjad Khokhar PHF has chalked out a comprehensive plan with the help of AHF and PHF for the revival of hockey in Pakistan.

He said that the junior hockey team’s qualification for the Junior World Cup reflected PHF’s good and effective planning despite scarcity of funds. The FIH delegation also met with Punjab Governor Malik Mohammad Rafique Rajwana, at the Governor’s House.