Hockey-5 championship to bring revolution: Tahir
ISLAMABAD—Pakistan hockey team Chief Coach Olympian Tahir Zaman believes the Hockey-5 Championship will bring revolution in revving the national game in the country.
The inaugural Hockey-5 championship will be played in Lahore from June 18 to 25 under Floodlights. Hockey-5, a faster version of the game, is considered equivalent of the Twenty20 cricket.
Talking to media persons, Tahir Zaman said the inaugural Hockey-5 championship will be a step in reviving the national game.
“After holding the first Hockey-5 championship, the event will be moved to schools in order to engage maximum youth in healthy activities,” he said.
Tahir said this event is very important for Pakistan hockey in the current circumstances as most of the junior players would participate in it.
“The same boys will go on a European tour and later participate in the Junior Hockey World Cup,” he said.
He said Hockey-5 championship can be played in grounds and astro-turfs. “There periods of 12 minutes will be played in the championship,” he said.
The chief coach said that all preparations for the mega event has been finalised. “This championship is believed to attract as many as crowds to the stadium,” he said.
Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) will be holding various events in different parts of the country on June 23 to mark the Olympic Day with full zeal and enthusiasm.
Talking to APP, PHF Secretary Shahbaz Ahmed Sr. said to celebrate the Big Day with full zeal PHF will be involving all the hockey fraternity across the country. “The events would continue for one week,” he said.
He said we have written letters to all provinces to hold various events and engage maximum youth in it as to groom them.
He said the PHF will be celebrating the Olympic Day according to the guidelines of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
“Families of hockey greats who played and brought laurels for Pakistan would be invited in the events,” he said.
“A veteran’s event would be organized for male and female players,” he said and added that youth and kids events would also be part of the celebrations. Besides this, special children hockey events would also be held as part of this programme.—APP