Karachi: Pakistan Hockey Federation PHF secretary Asif Bajwa resigned during federation’s Executive Board meeting on Wednesday in Lahore after greenshirts failed to qualify for the first time in the history of the World Cup.
Pakistan recently failed to win Asia Cup title – the feat which could have earned Pakistan a berth in the next year’s World Cup. However, greenshirts, a four-time world champion and three-time Olympic gold medallists, fell in the semifinals to Korea, missing the chance to qualify for the World Cup for the first time ever.
The non-qualification for the World Cup brought into light the lowest ever performance from a PHF setup and subsequently sparked protests from former players, especially legendary Olympians and also from fans.
The tenure of the present setup has observed lowest ever performance from the greenshirts – once the most feared opponent in the hockey arena. Under the present setup, Pakistan finished seventh at last year’s London Olympics and eighth at Beijing four years earlier. Pakistan came 12th in the 12nation World Cup three years back.
However, secretary Bajwa said that the team has also earned many victories during his tenure. “Pakistan also won many important victories during our tenure,” Bajwa told reporters after resigning. The only major title Pakistan won during the last five years was Asian Games title in 2010.
Another former Olympian Rana Mujahid would be replacing Bajwa as secretary temporarily before next month’s PHF elections.
The Executive Board has decided that fresh elections from Club, District, Provincial and National levels for the next term of four years i.e. 20142018 will be held from October 25 to November 25.