Karachi: Former legendary Olympian Islahuddin Siddiqui on Tuesday said that the government should impose an adhoc committee on underperforming Pakistan Hockey Federation PHF and delegate powers to the new committee to conduct the federation’s election.
“If the present setup of the federation conducts election, then it would be only musical chair game as the nearly the same people would change their offices. So we demand the government to impose adhoc committee on the federation and let it conduct elections,” Islah, who was accompanied by fellow former Olympians, here at Karachi Press Club.
Former Olympians Qamar Ibrahim, Qamar Zia, Kamran Ashraf, Wasim Feroz, Shahnaz Sheikh and others were also present on the occasion.
PHF has recently announced that its Executive Board will discuss the feasibility of conducting elections of the federation in its 25th meeting on September 11.
The federation has come under immense pressure after the greenshirts failed to qualify for the World Cup 2014 – for the first time in the history of the event, after the team was beaten by South Korea in the semifinals of Asia Cup. Asia Cup offered a single berth for the titlist for the World Cup. However, three teams from Asia – Korea, India and Malaysia have qualified for the World Cup 2014.
Following Hockey World League and Asia Cup debacle, calls for resignation from the PHF top brass and team management has been gaining momentum from many quarters, especially from former Olympians, who has dubbed the non-qualification from the World Cup as the darkest era in Pakistan’s hockey history.
The greenshirts are the most successful team in the history of World Cup events with four titles attached to its belt.
Islah said that the present setup of PHF is incapable of delivering the national sport as the nation has seen their performance of five years.
The former Olympian has asked the government to impose an adhoc committee on the federation and assign them to conduct scrutiny of the clubs and then conduct elections within three months.
He said that he and his fellow Olympians wanted to meet Prime Minister, who is Patron-in-Chief of the federation, to brief him about the falling standards of hockey in the country.
“We want to meet Prime Minister to brief him about the issues our national sport is facing. We are hoping that the premier would soon give us time for a meeting,” he added.