Hockey-5 cham­pi­onship to bring revo­lu­tion: Tahir

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

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

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