KARACHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation’s (PHF) financial status is finally taking a turn for the better after the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) stepped forward to help the newly-formed management.
“The financial condition of the PHF is hopefully set to improve as the IPC and PSB have given us the green signal in supporting our plans for a domestic structure for the junior and senior players,” PHF secretary Shahbaz Senior told The Express Tribune. “We held a meeting with both bodies and told them the funds would be utilised to revive hockey in the country.”
The Olympian stated that they would try to start generating funds on their own as well soon enough.
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For the time being, their prime focus is on the juniors to prepare them in the best way possible for their upcoming assignments: Asia Cup and later the Junior Hockey World Cup.
The official also revealed the upcoming domestic assignment for the seniors. “We are organising the National Hockey Championship in December before next year’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
“During the national championship, we will be able to judge and observe the players’ skills from across the country and select a team for international assignments.”
Besides this, the PHF is also planning to hold the Pakistan Hockey League next year to attract more youngsters towards the sport.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2015.
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