ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Wednesday protested towards the choice of the Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) to scrap Champions Trophy after its 2018 version.
“In mild of the current choice of the FIH, it’s a matter of immense disappointment and dismay for the PHF to study that the FIH has determined to get rid of the ever-thrilling Champions Trophy from its yearly calendar rapidly with none prior session with the PHF by any means,” learn a press-launch issued by the PHF.
It stated the PHF had launched the Champions Trophy in 1978. Since then, the event had been set for 35 occasions out of which Pakistan gained the title thrice (1978, 1980, 1994).
World’s prime hockey groups come collectively to lock horns for the stated title. It was modified from an annual to a biennial occasion from 2014 onwards, because of the introduction of the Hockey World League.
Astonishingly, the PHF, fearing dismal efficiency by the inexperienced-shirts, had introduced final month that the nationwide group won’t take part within the mega occasion this yr, scheduled to be held in London in June.
The press-launch additional said, “Pakistan all the time remained vigilant and supportive for the perfect curiosity of our nationwide recreation and its viewers and such selections end in dissuasion of hockey governing our bodies for taking constructive initiatives for the expansion and improvement of hockey.”
PHF secretary Shahbaz Ahmed, whereas speaking with Daybreak, stated there was no connection between FIH scrapping the Trophy and Pakistan’s refusal to take part on this yr’s occasion.
“We took that call within the higher curiosity of our workforce. We had brief time left for preparation so with out full preparation there have been sure probabilities of massive defeats, which can shatter confidence of our younger group,” he stated.
The FIH Government Board had met in Lausanne, Switzerland earlier this month to provide ultimate form to proposals for brand spanking new tournaments and scrapping some previous ones.
When contacted, PHF president Khalid Khokhar stated the PHF was not knowledgeable by Qasim Zia, who’s an FIH board member from Pakistan, concerning the newest developments on the FIH and its selections.
“We aren’t towards the addition of latest occasions however these shouldn’t be held at the price of Champions Trophy, which we launched in 1978. He stated he would take up the matter with FIH via correct channel, requesting it to rethink its choice.”
Former head coach Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh additionally regretted over the FIH choice.
“The matter ought to be taken up with the FIH. In the event that they need to add new occasions, that’s nice, however not at the price of our child (Champions Trophy),” he stated.
Revealed in Daybreak, April twenty first, 2016
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