We are hopeful National C’ship will mark hockey revival: Qamar

Karachi: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) is looking forward to revive hockey in Pakistan marking its beginning with 62nd National Hockey Championship, which begins December 25 here at renovated Hockey Club of Pakistan on new blue Astroturf.

“This tournament will hopefully mark the beginning of the revival of hockey in Pakistan,” Qamar Ibrahim, Tournament Director said here at HCP on Wednesday.

“This tournament is set to create history as Pakistan Television would give live coverage to quarterfinals, semifinals and final of the prestigious tournament,” said Qamar, who is tipped to coach the national side in its first international assignment.

“Referral System will also be introduced to make the tournament clean of any controversy regarding umpiring decisions. Fifteen departmental, four provincial teams and Islamabad team are participating in this championship, which would conclude on January 10,” he added.

PIA is the defending champion of the national tournament.

Former Olympians Shahid Ali Khan, Kamran Ashraf and Sponsors’ Coordinator Mohammed Nadeem were also present on the occasion.

“Live coverage would be a new experience for upcoming youngsters which would give them national exposure and recognition and enhance their confidence level,” Qamar hoped.

He further said that lucrative cash prizes will be given to the winner, runner up and third position holders while top scorer and best goalkeeper of the Tournament would also get handsome remuneration.

Qamar said a Disciplinary Committee has been constituted comprising of Chief Selector Rasheed Junior, Umpires Manager Dilawar Bhatti and Kamran Ashraf (Coordinator).

Qamar said a festival match between Governor’s XI and Chief Minister’s XI will also be played on the opening day. Former Olympians and International stars would feature in the match. Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah will be the chief guest.

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