Shah­naz wants all stake­hold­ers united for Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

ISLAMABAD—For­mer Olympian Shah­naz Sheikh wants the Pak­istan Hockey Fed­er­a­tion (PHF) and For­mer Olympians to sit- to­gether and chalk-out a com­bine strat­egy for per­suad­ing the In­ter­na­tional Hockey Fed­er­a­tion (FIH) to re­view its plan on scrap­ping the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy (CT).

Talk­ing to APP, Shah­naz asked PHF to hold a sem­i­nar for devel­op­ing a con­sen­sus to press FIH aban­don its plan of do­ing away with the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy.

“All the for­mer Olympians are con­cerned at the FIH’s de­ci­sion to scrap this pres­ti­gious event. I think we need to hold a sem­i­nar to con­vince the FIH that this event has a long his­tory and its abol­ish­ment will only have neg­a­tive ef­fects on the game of hockey,” he said.

“The sem­i­nar should be held un­der the um­brella of PHF. We need to sit to­gether and de­vise a joint strat­egy to per­suade FIH to re­view its plan,” he said.

The FIH has stated that a new port­fo­lio of events will be launched in 2019 which will com­pletely change the land­scape of in­ter­na­tional hockey.

The plan also in­cludes scrap­ping of the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy and re­plac­ing it with GHL. Ac­cord­ing to the FIH, the de­ci­sion was made af­ter more than 18 months of con­sul­ta­tion and research over­seen by a spe­cially-formed work­ing group for the project.

Shah­naz said that he had also dis­cussed the un­for­tu­nate move with for­mer skip­per Is­lahud­din.

It may be men­tioned here that Is­lahud­din was the cap­tain, while Shah­naz was vice cap­tain of Pak­istan hockey team that won the in­au­gu­ral edi­tion of Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in 1978 in Lahore.—APP

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