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PHF committed to revival of hockey: Bugti

PHF committed to revival of hockey: Bugti

The President of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) says the Army Chief has graciously extended the offer of complimentary medical care for all hockey players at military-operated hospitals

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Ansar M Bhatti

ISLAMABAD: President of the Pakistan Hockey Federation, Tariq Hussain Bugti has emphasized the comprehensive efforts underway for the revival of hockey in Pakistan. He highlighted the significant gestures exhibited by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chief of the Army Staff General Asim Munir towards the national hockey team, underscoring their deep commitment and keen interest in promoting hockey across Pakistan.

Bugti conveyed these sentiments during an exclusive interview with Daily Islamabad Post.

The President of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) further elaborated that the Army Chief graciously extended the offer of complimentary medical care for all hockey players at military-operated hospitals. Additionally, he reassured the team management of his unwavering commitment to both advancing the sport and ensuring the well-being of the players.

Tariq Bugti, reflecting on the recent triumphs in the Azlan Shah Hockey Cup held in Malaysia, eloquently expressed that the team’s stellar performance has been instrumental in breathing new life into hockey in Pakistan. He astutely noted that the additional victories secured by the team were not just desirable but absolutely essential for the complete resurgence of the sport, and crucial for sustaining the interest of young enthusiasts, underscoring the profound impact that sporting success can have on national morale and the cultivation of future talent.

The President of the PHF expressed his utmost appreciation for the unwavering support extended by both the Prime Minister and the Army chief. He expressed optimism that with their steadfast backing, the issues plaguing players, particularly those concerning employment, would be effectively resolved.

Emphasizing the urgency of revitalizing departmental hockey, he underscored the imperative of engaging with various departments. The Federation, he noted, is actively liaising with these entities to encourage the reactivation of their sports directorates.

In response to a query, the President revealed plans for the establishment of a dedicated Federation office in Islamabad. Discussions are presently ongoing with the Pakistan Sports Board, aiming to secure a suitable space within its premises for the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF). It is anticipated that these negotiations will culminate in the allocation of a fitting facility for the PHF’s operational needs.

Tariq Bugti, upon assuming office as the 26th President of the Pakistan Hockey Federation, prioritized the revitalization of the sport at its grassroots. Though daunting, he approached this task with determination and a sense of responsibility. Through collaboration with his colleagues at the Federation and relying on divine guidance, he successfully steered the national game back on course.

While recognizing the services of the Secretary PHF Rana Mujahid and Dutch coach Roelant Oltmans, and other team management members he said that all these officials need fulsome applause as despite a very short time they were able to cobble together a superb team that ultimately brought laurels for Pakistan.

While discussing the upcoming Nations Cup in Poland, he emphasized that Pakistan’s first match is scheduled for June 30th. The President of the PHF expressed optimism regarding the team’s performance in the tournament, highlighting the opportunity for Pakistan to enhance its international ranking through strong performance.






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