Karachi: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) top officials condoled over the death of Sultan Azlan Shah, President of Asian Hockey Federation, who died in Kuala Lumpur at the age of 86.
The PHF President Akhtar Rasool recalled Sultan Azlan Shah’s passion for the game and his great love for Pakistan hockey players. Akhtar recalled that during the World Cup-1975 that held in Kuala Lumpur, he and his colleagues observed Sultan Azlan Shah’s great love and interest for Pakistan hockey team.
“Sultan, then a Judge in the Malaya Federal Court, would come to watch every match Pakistan played during the tournament, which was a demonstration of his love for the Pakistan players with whom he had developed personal fondness,” Akhtar said.
“Sultan would invite us in his palace and exchange his views about the game. His love for Pakistan team could be imagined by the fact that when we lost to India in the final of the World Cup -1975, Sultan Azlan Shah was equally sad as defeat was an unbelievable fact for him. That was a wonderful demonstration of his deep love for the Pakistan hockey team,” he added.
The PHF Secretary General Rana Mujahid said Sultan Azlan had a sound educational background and possessed great administrative qualities as well.
“Sultan Azlan Shah strictly maintained discipline, cleanliness and punctuality in his life as a great hockey administrator. Sultan was the chef de mission of the Malaysian contingent to the Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada in 1976 and the discipline of the Malaysian hockey team was exemplary during the Event”, Rana said.
Rana said that as president of the Malaysian Hockey Federation he played a significant role in lifting the standards of hockey and bringing Malaysia on the horizon of international hockey.
“The Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament in Ipoh is a precious gift for the hockey playing nations which would always remember the hockey fraternity about the great services of the great man”, Rana concluded.
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