PHF or­gan­ises mul­ti­ple ac­tiv­i­ties to mark Olympic week

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LA­HORE—Pak­istan hockey fed­er­a­tion or­gan­ised mul­ti­ple ac­tiv­i­ties as a part of Olympic Week cel­e­bra­tions here on Tues­day night at Na­tional hockey sta­dium un­der lights.

Af­ter the first three days of the on­go­ing OGDCL 5-A Side Flood­light hockey tour­na­ment, all the six teams had played matches on con­sec­u­tive days and Tues­day was a rest day. PHF uti­lized this day as part of the Olympic week cel­e­bra­tion and a few events were held in pres­ence of a num­ber of former hockey greats of Pak­istan in­clud­ing Shah­baz Ahamd, the sec­re­tary PHF. It started with a match between two teams of un­der 14 girls. It was a good ex­pe­ri­ence for the young girls to play un­der lights in front of a good crowd.

Then an ex­hi­bi­tion match between the Vet­er­ans team (com­pris­ing former Olympians, in­ter­na­tion­als and na­tional stars) and the Pun­jab Sports Board team was played. The vet­er­ans’ side in­cluded greats like Tahir Za­man, Khawaja Ju­naid and Us­man Sheikh, all World Cup win­ners. They pro­vided glimpses of skills rem­i­nis­cent of their hal­cyon days.

But the event that moved ev­ery­one was the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the spe­cial chil­dren. Gath­ered from dif­fer­ent in­sti­tu­tions of La­hore, they were present in a large num­ber ac­com­pa­nied by their teachers. They came to the pitch and were very de­lighted to re­ceive hockey sticks. Former and cur­rent Pak­istan hockey stars en­gaged the kids to play with them, one on one. These kids were also pre­sented with the spe­cially de­signed Olympic day T-Shirts.

The PHF also plans to hold sim­i­lar events to­mor­row, Thurs­day night with dif­fer­ent matches between teams com­pris­ing of show biz per­son­al­i­ties, me­dia, ex Olympians and even fam­i­lies. Pak­istan Sports Board will or­ga­nize ex­hi­bi­tion bad­minton, foot­ball and volleyball matches to­mor­row, Thurs­day at Pak­istan Sports Com­plex, Islamabad to mark the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Day.

The Taek­wondo com­pe­ti­tion will be held in Hamidi Hall at 5:30 PM, he said.

“The aim of ob­serv­ing the day is to pro­mote par­tic­i­pa­tion in sports ac­tiv­i­ties across the globe re­gard­less of age, gen­der or ath­letic abil­ity,” he added.—APP

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