ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has determined to pay particular consideration to membership hockey so as to deliver enchancment within the declining requirements of the nationwide recreation.
Pakistan, which dominated hockey world for many years by profitable 4 World Cups and a number of other different titles, has struggled to match the main groups of the world over the past 20 years.
Many former Olympians and the sport’s critics consider that lack of focus from successive PHF managements to streamline membership and faculty hockey has led to little or no again-up expertise rising from the nation that has ultimately led to poor performances in worldwide occasions by the greenshirts.
In 2016, Pakistan hockey touched its lowest ebb when its staff did not qualify for the Rio Olympics.
The PHF has lastly woken as much as actuality and has now determined to organise a aggressive inter-membership occasion on the district degree from Oct 24.
“We’re going to enhance hockey on the grass-roots degree which can Inshallah end in vital enchancment within the efficiency of our nationwide staff within the years to return,” stated PHF secretary Shahbaz Senior on Friday.
“With out reviving membership and faculty degree hockey we will’t transfer ahead.”
He stated that the PHF has devised a complete plan ‘Imaginative and prescient 2020’ to revive hockey within the nation.
“This yr, we’ll organise quite a few inter-membership tournaments on the district degree after which on the inter-division degree,” he disclosed.
He added that golf equipment are the important thing in offering recent expertise and are the essential unit of the edifice of the nationwide recreation.
“In addition to specializing in the grass-roots degree, I’m additionally working to arrange an excellence academy to groom our gamers for correctly understanding new guidelines, and so on,” he stated.
In the meantime, a press launch issued by the PHF on Friday stated: “Through the previous, the home membership scene was very lively and aggressive.
“The golf equipment performed the position of a nursery in producing high quality gamers and there was no scarcity of expertise obtainable to the nationwide sides.
“For reviving previous membership tradition, the PHF goes to carry inter-membership competitions in any respect ranges and they are going to be a everlasting fixture of the PHF’s annual calendar.
“The inter-membership district hockey championships might be adopted by the inter-membership divisional degree occasions after which the provincial.
“It will culminate on the nationwide degree the place the highest golf equipment rising from the provincial competitions would take part for the title of the Nationwide Membership Champions, who would even be despatched to competitions outdoors Pakistan.”
Based on the press launch, PHF Director Improvement and Home, Naveed Alam, would be the chief coordinator and would monitor the occasions.
On this regard, the provincial hockey associations have been advised to organise the preliminary rounds of the inter-membership championship on the district and divisional degree of their respective provinces as per the next schedule:
Inter-membership at district degree — Oct 24-31; inter-membership at divisional degree – Nov three-10; inter-membership at provincial degree — Nov 14-21, inter-membership at nationwide degree — Nov 24- Dec 2.
Format of nationwide degree shall be as follows: Prime 4 golf equipment from Punjab, prime three golf equipment every from Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, prime two golf equipment from Balochistan and one every from Islamabad, AJK, Fata and Gilgit Baltistan.
Revealed in Daybreak September twenty fourth, 2016
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