U-18 hockey C’ship rolls into ac­tion to­day

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

IS­LAM­ABAD—First Na­tional U-18 Hockey Cham­pi­onship 2016 will roll into ac­tion on Sun­day at Naseer Bunda In­ter­na­tional Hockey Sta­dium.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence here at Pak­istan Sports Board (PSB) Me­dia Cen­tre, di­rec­tor of the tour­na­ment Col (R) Ahmed Nawaz along with Sec­re­tary Pak­istan Hockey Fed­er­a­tion (PHF) Olympian Shah­baz Ahmed Se­nior and other of­fi­cials said 16 teams from across the coun­try would fea­ture in the event that would be con­cluded on June 2.

He said 13 teams had ar­rived in Is­lam­abad, while two teams would reach late Satur­day night. He said the FATA’s team had not con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the event.

“The cham­pi­onship will be played on league ba­sis,” he said adding that the teams had been di­vided into four groups.

Min­is­ter for In­ter Provin­cial Co­or­di­na­tion (IPC) Min­is­ter Mian Riaz Hus­sain Pirzada will in­au­gu­rate the cham­pi­onships.

He said the U-18 tour­na­ments could help pre­pare a strong se­nior out­fit within a few years. He hailed Pres­i­dent PHF Brig (r) Kahlid Sa­j­jad Khokhar stat­ing that he was man of com­mit­ment. “Khokhar is very well a highly pas­sion­ate person. But he needs our sup­port, par­tic­u­larly of me­dia,” he added.

He ex­pressed the hope that said Shah­baz Se­nior would help Pak­istan to achieve lost glory in hockey. “Shah­baz was the best hockey player dur­ing his days. I’m dead sure he will put Pak­istan hockey back on track.”

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion Shah­baz Se­nior said U-18 cham­pi­onship would help find play­ers for fu­ture. “We want to work on three teams si­mul­ta­ne­ously, se­niors, ju­niors and U-18. Ma­jor­ity of peo­ple don’t know ju­niors will take part Ju­nior World Cup Hockey in In­dia in De­cem­ber, while U-18 team will par­tic­i­pate in Asia Ju­nior Cup in Muscat by the end of year. We want to pre­pare strong teams for th­ese events,” he main­tained.—APP

IS­LAM­ABAD: Ten­nis fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Salim Sai­ful­lah Khan with win­ners of first HASCOL Na­tional Rank­ing Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship 2016 at Sen­a­tor Di­lawar Ab­bas PTF Ten­nis Com­plex.

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