Sports: Hockey: PHF postpones national training camp for lack of funds

Karachi: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Thursday suspended national hockey team training, which was underway at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium (Islamabad), because of lack of funds.

The probable players for Olympics 2016 Qualifiers were preparing for the tournament for few days but disgruntled hockey bosses in order to threaten the government for disbursement of funds, postponed the camp till April 10.

“The camp has been postponed in view of the bitter fact that the Pakistan Hockey Federation has no funds to pay to the players, who are attending the training camp, their daily allowances. The PHF will review its financial condition in the coming days and will decide whether to continue or close the camp,” PHF announced on Thursday.

“Keeping in view of the preparation for the Olympics-2016, the camp is very important for the national players. The suspension of the camp would not only negatively affect the preparation of the Pakistan team but it would also be a great set back to the national team, which has won two silvers in the Asian Games and the Champions Trophy last year. Further its closure would badly harm the confidence of the players,” it added.

The green-shirts performed marvelously in Champions Trophy held last year in India, where they defeated The Netherlands and host India to set up an unanticipated final line-up with Germany.

Germany eventually won the title after two of Pakistan players were controversially suspended for one match by FIH at the behest of Hockey India (HI) hours before the climax.

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