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Hockey players given central contracts; those denied given three-month time to improve their fitness

By our correspondent

LAHORE: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) today tasked those players who have been unable to find places in central contract to improve their fitness within three months. This was stated by the PHF secretary and former Olympian Asif Bajwa during a news conference here at the PHF headquarters.

Asif said that the players who have been unable to get central contract need to work on their fitness, adding, there will be no compromise on fitness of the athletes.

He said that as per PHF plans only those players will be given contracts who will achieve the requisite fitness standard.

He said that fitness of the players will be regular checked and PHF will make no compromise on fitness and discipline which is the only way to bring improvement in the hockey standard in the country.

As many as 16 players were given central contracts which include: Category A: Umar Bhutta,Mubashir Ali,Ijaz Ahmad, Ali Shan and Abu Bakar Mehmood,Category B: Tazeem-ul-Hasan and Moin Shakeel, Category C:Goalkeepers waqar and Abdullah, Aqeel,Umair Sattar and Roman Khan, Emerging Category:Danish, Rizwan Ali, Ubaidullah and Naveed Alam,

The players performance will be regularly checked. The A category players will get Rs50,000, with the B and C categories players to get Rs40,000 and Rs30,000 each respectively while the emerging category players will get Rs20,000 monthly salary.

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