PHF to take up mat­ter of lay­ing of turf at Sheikhupura sta­dium

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LA­HORE—Pak­istan Hockey Fed­er­a­tion (PHF) will take up the mat­ter of lay­ing syn­thetic turf at Sheikhupura Hockey Sta­dium with In­ter pro­vin­cial min­istry and the Pun­jab govern­ment.

“Work to in­stall plas­tic sur­face at the sta­dium started way back in 2008 which has not yet been com­pleted and hockey is badly suf­fer­ing due to non avail­abil­ity of a mod­ern ground,” said the Sec­re­tary, PHF, Shah­baz Ah­mad Se­nior while talk­ing to APP on Mon­day.

He said they will be send­ing the case to the In­ter pro­vin­cial min­istry as well as the Pun­jab govern­ment to equip the ground with the plas­tic pitchy to pro­vide a mod­ern plat­form to youth to play hockey.

He said it is quite un­for­tu­nate that in­stal­la­tion of the syn­thetic sur­face was not com­pleted even af­ter eight years and called for its com­ple­tion in min­i­mum time frame.

“Around 150 young play­ers are still play­ing hockey at the grassy field which help in iden­ti­fy­ing new tal­ent and if a mod­ern ground with plas­tic turf is avail­able more play­ers will like to take up hockey as a sport which will help in broaden the base of the game,” he as­serted.

PHF of­fi­cial said Sheikhupura is a nurs­ery of hockey which pro­duced a num- ber of stal­warts of the game namely Saeed An­war, Asad Ma­lik, Ish­tiaq Ah­mad, Muham­mad Ahk­laq, An­jum Saeed, Naveed Alam,Im­ran Yousaf and Ir­fan Yousaf.

The for­mer Pak­istan cap­tain and cel­e­brated for­ward said PHF was striv­ing had for the cause of hockey in the coun­try and it was en­deav­our­ing to have more and more grounds across the coun­try equipped with plas­tic sur­face.

“We are seek­ing govern­ment help in this re­gard to re­vive the game on strong lines to achieve our ul­ti­mate ob­jec­tive of re­gain­ing lost glory, “he said.

Pak­istan was once mas­ter of the game and now it is a pale shadow of its glit­ter­ing past be­cause of down­fall of hockey in the coun­try in past many years,” he said adding, PHF in a rare guard oper­a­tion was in a process of tak­ing var­i­ous long term mea­sures to put the game on the right track and it would also be seek­ing the as­sis­tance of the for­mer greats of the game to help achieve this tar­get.

He said it is not fair to ex­pect overnight re­sults from the present regime of the PHF which is sin­cerely work­ing at the grass root level to re­vamp the game.

To a ques­tion, he said, work has been started to hold Pak­istan Hockey League in a be­fit­ting man­ner in Novem­ber this year.

“The league will be a game changer for hockey in Pak­istan as it will open a new era of pro­fes­sional hockey cre­at­ing op­por­tu­nity for the home play­ers to play along­side top hockey play­ers of the world to lift the level of their game and by that the over­all stan­dard of Pak­istan hockey will be im­proved, “he said.—APP

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