PHF organises multiple activities to mark Olympic week
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