PHF plans to hold international hockey event and professional league this year

By our correspondent

LAHORE: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has started efforts to revive international hockey in the country which has experienced a huge slump in the sport over the years.

According to sources that PHF wants to start a professional league latter this year besides having planned to hold a five-nation or a four-nation event in September-October.

The PHF top brass including its president Khalid Sajjad Khokhar and secretary Olympian Asif Bajwa have already held meeting with the Foreign Office regarding both the events. Both Foreign Office and Interior Ministry have given full assurance that top-notch security would be provided to the foreign players and teams which would be coming to feature in these events.

The PHF, according to sources, have also been assured by the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) that the continental body would fully back Pakistan in holding of professional league and an international event.

It is expected that the PHF invite Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Poland and China to feature in the international event. Pakistan hockey has been suffering badly for the last few years. The PHF has expedited its efforts to put the sport back on right footing.

Currently Pakistan are ranked 18th in the world which is too low for a nation which once ruled the hockey world, having won several world and Olympics titles.

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