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HOCKEY - National 10 Mar, 2024

PHF briefs POA regarding South Asian Games preparations
Sports Bulletin ReportLAHORE: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) briefed the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) regarding the preparations for the upcoming South Asian Games, which will be held in Pakistan this year 2024.According to an official of PHF, Haider Hussain, the Secretary-General PHF provided a comprehensive briefing during a meeting chaired by President POA, Mohammad Abid Qadri Gillani. The gathering, held under the auspices of the Pakistan Olympic Association for preparations of the South Asian Games, focused on the hosting responsibilities for the hockey event. The prestigious event is set to feature seven teams, both men's and women's, with the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore proposed as the venue.The assembly witnessed the presence of key figures, including Secretary-General POA, and officials from various national sports federations. Among them were Khalid Bashir (Secretary-General, Pakistan Basketball Federation), Haji Mohammad Shafiq (President, Pakistan Handball Federation), Faizi Khawaja (Chairman, Pakistan Rugby Federation), Nasir Ahmed (Director, Pakistan Volleyball Federation), and Mohammad Jahangir (Chairman, Pakistan Karate Federation).In their collaborative efforts, the stakeholders expressed their commitment to making the event a triumph, discussing various recommendations and strategies to ensure the seamless organization of the international competition. Secretary-General PHF Haider Hussain commended the POA's dedication to fostering the development of players and highlighted the concerted efforts being made to secure Pakistan as the host for international events.

HOCKEY - National 08 Mar, 2024

Navy to Stage Chief of Naval Staff All Pakistan Hockey Tournament
Abdul Jabbar FaisalISLAMABAD: An eight-team 4th All Pakistan Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Hockey Cup will be held from May 16 to 24, 2024 at the National Hockey Stadium, Lahore.According to an official of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), Station Commander Lahore Pakistan Navy Commodore Sajid Hussain met with officials of the Pakistan Hockey Federation and Sports Board Punjab (SBP). Also, attended by Executive Secretary PHF Ali Abbas, Director Administration and Coordination and world-renowned penalty corner specialist Olympian Khalid Bashir, Assistant Director Mubasher Ali, Deputy Station Commander Jawad, Director Sports Pakistan Navy Mohammad Kamran, and Sports Officer Navy Mohammad Rizwan.Mari Petroleum, Pakistan WAPDA, Customs, Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force, Police, and Sindh will fight for title during the d days prestigious national hockey showpiece. Executive Secretary PHF Ali Abbas assured full technical support and assistance from the Pakistan Hockey Federation.Station Commander Lahore Pakistan Navy Commodore Sajid Hussain Satara Imtiaz (Military) issued instructions to the subordinate staff regarding the arrangements for the event. On this occasion, he said that the Pakistan Navy would organize this tournament for the promotion and development of the national sport of hockey in a grand manner.

HOCKEY - National 26 Feb, 2024

Chairman, KJH thanks OHC Bully Club and Dutch Embassy
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: The Chairman, Khawaja Junaid Hockey (KJH) Academy, Olympian Kawaja Junaid thanked to OHC Bully Club, Dutch Embassy in Islamabad, Punjab Police, Higher Education Commission (HEC), and other stakeholders, who were involved and made three-match bilateral Friendship Hockey Series possible.In a statement, Khawaja Junaid said: “Over the past few weeks, the Dutch hockey club OHC Bully got an opportunity to visit Lahore and Islamabad, two beautiful cities in Pakistan. This visit was not only an exciting experience for the club members, but it also served as a way to strengthen cultural ties between the Netherlands and Pakistan. The members of OHC Bully were warmly welcomed by the locals, who were eager to showcase their hospitality and love for the game of hockey.”“During their visit to Lahore, the OHC Bully members were able to experience the rich history and culture of the city. They visited Sialkot, famous for sports manufacturers, and especially the flag ceremony at Wahga Border. Additionally, the club got the opportunity to play three friendly matches with the Prime Minister Youth Program HEC talent team, which they won and allowed them to learn new techniques and strategies from their Pakistani counterparts. In Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, OHC Bully was the chance to explore the modern and vibrant side of the country.One of the highlights of the visit was the cultural exchange between the Dutch and Pakistani hockey players. The OHC Bully members were able to share their love through songs at a dinner hosted by HEC chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad. This exchange not only strengthened the bond between the two countries but also created lasting friendships among the players.The visit of OHC Bully to Lahore and Islamabad was a memorable experience for both the club members and the locals. It showcased the power of sports in bringing people together and bridging cultural divides. The club members returned to the Netherlands with a newfound appreciation for Pakistani culture and a deeper understanding of the country.Overall, the visit of OHC Bully to Lahore and Islamabad was a successful and enriching experience. It served as a reminder of the importance of cultural exchange and sports diplomacy in fostering understanding and friendship between nations. The club members were grateful for the warm welcome they received in Pakistan and look forward to future opportunities to continue building strong connections with the people of Lahore and Islamabad, “he concluded.

HOCKEY - National 27 Dec, 2023

Hockey Federation invites 49 players for training camp in Islamabad
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) invited 49 players from different departments for the training camp, which will start on December 28, 2023, here at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium under the control of Head Coach Sahnaz Sheikh.According to the media department of PHF, president PHF Mir Tariq Bugti had advised players to report to the camp commandant on Thursday. The final selected team will participate in the Paris Olympics Qualifier, which will take place in Muscat, Oman from January 15 to 21.  Pakistan Hockey Team Management includes Manager/Head Coach Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh, Coach Olympian Dilawar Hussain, Olympian Shakeel Abbasi Consultant, Goalkeeper Coach Ghulam Jilani Amjad Ali, Physiotherapist Waqas Mehmood, Physical Trainer Imran Khan.Names of invited players (49):Akmal Hussain (WAPDA), Abdullah Ishtiaq Khan (Mari Petroleum), Waqar (WAPDA), Muneebur Rahman (Punjab), Mohammad Abdullah (Mari Petroleum), Rana Abdul Waheed (WAPDA), Roman (WAPDA), Ahmed Nadeem (Punjab), Abdul Rahman (PAF), Junaid Manzoor (National Bank), Osama Bashir (PAF), Afraz (Mari Petroleum), Imad Shakeel Butt (National Bank), Rizwan Ali (PAF), Moeen Shakeel (WAPDA), Abubakar Mahmood (National Bank), Hammad Anjum (WAPDA), Salman Razzak (WAPDA), Mohammad Sufyan Khan (Mari Petroleum), Arbaaz Ahmed (Mari Petroleum), Abdul Manan (Customs), Ehtisham Aslam (Mari Petroleum), Murtaza Yaqub ( WAPDA), Aqeel Ahmad (WAPDA), Ghazanfar Ali (Customs), Zakaria Hayat (Navy), Arshad Liaquat (Mari Petroleum), Abdul Hanan Shahid (WAPDA), Abdul Rehman (WAPDA), Mohammad Imad (Customs), Umar Mustafa (Mari Petroleum), Mohammad Faizan Janjua (Customs), Mohammad Taimur Javed (Punjab), Amjad Ali (Punjab), Danish (Punjab), Asad (Balochistan), Imran (Balochistan), Qazi Anas (Balochistan), Younis (Balochistan), Zahidullah (WAPDA), Jibran Hamza (KPK), Nadeem Khan (KPK), Adeel Latif (Customs), Basharat Ali (Navy), Shahzeb Khan (Customs), Obaidullah Bhutto (WAPDA), Zubair Goalkeeper (Army), Hamza Fayyaz (Customs), Abdul Wajid (Balochistan).

HOCKEY - National 24 Dec, 2023

Mir Tariq Bugti restores former national hockey selection committee
LAHORE (Press Release): The newly appointed president, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Mir Tariq Hussain Bugti has restored the former national hockey selection committee, which was working under the chairmanship of Olympian Kaleemullah.According to the press release of PHF, Tariq Bugti also brought back hockey team management, led by Head Coach Shahnaz Sheikh. Instructions have been issued to PHF Executive Secretary Ali Abbas to take charge of his responsibilities, and Olympian Khalid Bashir has been appointed as the Director Administration.PHF President Mir Tariq Hussain Bugti has wasted no time in making major decisions as he takes charge at the PHF headquarters. The national hockey selection committee, as documented in the records of the Pakistan Sports Board, has been reinstated. The selection committee was working under the leadership of Olympian Kaleemullah Khan, includes Olympians Naseer Ali, Rahim Khan, and Leek Lashari International.President PHF Mir Tariq Hussain Bugti has also reinstated the national senior hockey team management. Under Head Coach Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh, the senior national hockey team management includes Olympian Shakeel Abbasi, Olympian Dilawar Hussain, and Amjad Ali International as the goalkeeper coach. Physical trainer Mohammad Imran will fulfill his responsibilities, while the appointment of a video analyst will be decided later.PHF President Mir Tariq Hussain Bugti has issued immediate instructions to PHF Executive Secretary Ali Abbas to take charge of his responsibilities at the Pakistan Hockey Federation. Additionally, renowned penalty corner specialist Olympian Khalid Bashir has been assigned the responsibilities of Director Administration and Coordination PHF.

HOCKEY - National 23 Dec, 2023

Khalid Sajjad announces to go to court against his removal
Abdul Jabbar FaisalISLAMABAD: “I am still president of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), and I will pursue to court against the illegal and unconstitutional act of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, who imposed the ad-hoc on the hockey federation without any solid reason. I am elected president, and I will raise my voice at all national and international forums, including the International Hockey Federation (FIH), and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Khalid Sajjad Khokhar said this while addressing a press conference here at his residence in F-11/4 on Saturday flanked by Akhlaq Usmani and Asif Naz Khokhar.Sajjad Khokhar further said that an unconstitutional person occupied the PHF office in Lahore today (Saturday) along with some gunmen. “Unfortunately, owing to the wrong briefing, the PM took an illegal action, as I and my team had put the national game hockey on track. I spent millions of rupees from my pocket to facilitate the players and sent them abroad for international competitions. After the completion of the tenure of a president PHF, the Prime Minister has powers to nominate any person to run the affairs of the federation for the next term, “he elaborated.Responding to a question, Khalid Sajjad Khokhar said that he was avoiding any conflict with anyone. “I have a right to pursue court for my respect and I will knock on the doors of courts for justice. There is no legal position of ad-hoc. Some people are deliberately trying to destroy national game hockey, and the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) misleads the high-ups regarding the hockey federation, as all affairs of the federation were running smoothly. Unconstitutional steps will hurt all sports. Annual grants are also not disbursing on merit and unknown federations get in millions while national game hockey gets a peanut, who brought laurels for the country. Chess federation receives Rs.40 million while Tenpin pockets 10 million from the government, ‘ex-army man Brig (Retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar concluded.

HOCKEY - National 23 Nov, 2023

National Hockey Training Camp to start today in Islamabad
Federation asks 39 players to report to camp commandant Shahbaz Ahmed Abdul Jabbar FaisalISLAMABAD: The training camp for the national hockey team will get underway on Thursday (today) here at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex under the umbrella of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF). Pakistan will participate in the Olympic qualifying round, which will take place from January 15 to 21, 2024 in Oman.PHF directed all 39 players to report team manager and camp commandant Olympian Shehbaz Ahmed Senior. Besides Pakistan, teams from England, Germany, New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada, Chile, and China will participate in this event. The teams have been divided into two pools, as Pool A will consist of England, Malaysia, Pakistan, and China while Pool B Germany, New Zealand, Canada, and Chile.Names of players training camp:Goalkeepers (5): Akmal Hussain (WAPDA), Abdullah Ishtiaq Khan (Mari Petroleum), Mohammad Waqar (WAPDA), Bilal Khan (Baluchistan), Muneebur Rehman (Punjab)Defenders (5): Mohammad Abdullah (Mari Petroleum), Bilal Aslam (Customs), Rizwan Ali (Punjab), Samin Ahmed (Sargodha), Mateen Ahmed (WAPDA)Midfielders (10): Osama Bashir (Pakistan Air Force), Abubakar Mehmood (National Bank), Moin Shakeel (WAPDA), Hamad Anjum (WAPDA), Tazeemul Hasan (WAPDA), Adeel Latif (Customs), Junaid Manzoor (National Bank), Babar Sadat (Karachi), Faheem Khan (Sindh Police), Nadeem Razak - (WAPDA)Forwards (19): Rana Abdul Waheed (WAPDA), Mohammad Afraz (Mari Petroleum), Roman (WAPDA), Waqar Ali (Mari Petroleum), Mohammad Umar Bhatta (WAPDA), Umair Sattar (Mari Petroleum), Ahmed Nadeem (Punjab), Ehsan Elahi (Punjab), Ahmed Raza (Punjab), Salman Razak, (WAPDA), Samiullah (Punjab), Abdul Qadir, (Dado), Haris Sarwar (Sukkur), Arslan Haider (Karachi), Noman Khan (Karachi), Usman Ali (Punjab Police), Ali Hasher (Mari Petroleum), Ijaz Ahmed (WAPDA), Shiroz Khan (Rangers).

HOCKEY - National 22 Nov, 2023

PHF appoints Asif Bajwa as chairman National Selection Committee
Sports Bulletin ReportLAHORE: President, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Brigadier (Retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar has said that the president International Hockey Federation (IHF), Rabindra Batra was responsible for shitting the Olympics qualifying round from Pakistan to Oman after expressing security concerns, as many international teams had been visiting Pakistan for many years.He was addressing a press conference at PHF Headquarters here flanked with Olympian Rana Mujahid Ali, Secretary General PHF, Parvez Bhandara, Olympian Asif Bajwa, Olympian Shehbaz Ahmed Senior and announced the new National Selection Committee while appreciating the work of the previous National Selection Committee. “Asif Bajwa will be the chairman of the selection committee while Olympian Kaleemullah Khan has been appointed as the chief observer. Olympian Anjum Saeed, Olympian Zeeshan Ashraf, Olympian Kamran Ashraf have also been included in the selection committee. While the manager of the national team, Olympian Shehbaz Ahmed Senior, head coach Roelment Oltamens, Olympian Shafqat Malik, Olympian Kashif Jawad, video analyst Abuzar umrao, while the manager of the five-a-side World Cup, Olympian Waseem Feroze, chief coach Olympian Qamar Ibrahim and Olympian Sheikh will be among the coaches. Usman and Olympian Mohammad Khalid will be the coaches. While Olympian Nasir Ali and International Rana Shafiq have been appointed as coordinators of PHF, “he revealed.He said that former FIH President Rabindra Batra was responsible for withdrawing the hosting of the Olympics qualifying round while some countries also expressed security concerns after which the hosting of the Olympics qualifying round was withdrawn from us. “We have a good relationship with the Indian Hockey Federation but we should not be compared with them. We get a budget of 65 lakh rupees annually for hockey, while in India the budget of 2.5 billion rupees is allocated for hockey, “he said.In addition, PHF President Brig. Khalid Sajjad Khokhar paid tribute to Haier owner Javed Afridi for his full support for the betterment of the national game in the 2018 World Cup.He further said that in the same way, all the public and private organizations should play their role along with PHF to bring back hockey to its lost position. 

HOCKEY - National 20 Oct, 2023

National Hockey Championship: Semifinals on Sunday
WAPDA, Customs, Pakistan Navy, and MPCL reach in semifinalsSports Bulletin ReportRAWALPINDI: WAPDA, Pakistan Customs, Pakistan Navy, and Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MPCL) qualified for the semifinal of the ongoing 67th AWT National Hockey Championship after thrashing their opponents defending champions Sindh A, Pakistan Army, Police, and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) respectively in the quarterfinals here at the Lt. General Ishfaq Nadeem Hockey Stadium, Ayub Park on Friday. The semifinals will be played on Sunday at the same venue.In the first quarterfinal, Sindh A overpowered the defending champions, WAPDA 8-0. The Olympians, including Tosiq Hyder, Rana Waheed, and Hammad Anjum, showcased their prowess, each contributing two goals, while Moen Shekeel and Abdul Rahman scored one apiece. The special guest for this match, Major General Fida Hussain Malik, Executive Director of Army Welfare Trust, graced the occasion. Before the match, Maj. Gen. Fida interacted with both teams, fostering camaraderie and awarded the Cash Award to Hammad Anjum, the 'Man of the Match.' The match's umpires were Asad Abbas, Mohammad Bilal, and Wasim, with Geuari Ghaffar Bukhari, Shafiq, Imal Khan, Abdul Malik, Ehsan-ul-Haq, and Mubarak Ali as the field officials.In the second quarter-final, Pakistan Customs defeated Pakistan Army 3-1 team, securing a place in the finals with a three-goal victory. Hamza Fiaz was the hero for Customs, scoring two crucial goals, while Ghazanfar Ali added a third. Rau Arsalan was the sole goal scorer for the Army. The match's guest of honor, Major General Imtiaz Khan, Executive Director of Medask, interacted with both teams before the game, offering encouraging words. After the match, he awarded Hamza Fiaz the 'Man of the Match' Cash Prize. The umpires for this match were International Yasser Khurshid, Waqas Butt, and Wajahat, while Sajid Khan, Imtiaz-ul-Hasan, Haroon Butt, Akbar Ali, and Hamza Tafail were the field officials.In the third quarter-final, Pakistan Navy demonstrated their prowess by overcoming Punjab Police with a convincing 3-0 victory. Osman Ali was the star of the match, contributing two goals, while Rana Waheed netted the third for Navy. The chief guest for this match, Major General Dr. Samrez Salik, Executive Director of Army Welfare Trust, participated in the pre-match introduction sessions with both teams. Major General Salik recognized Osman Ali's exceptional performance by presenting him with the 'Man of the Match' Cash Prize. The match's field officials included Anwar Hussain, Hammad, Afser Ali, Iftikhar Ahmad, Naveed Yousuf, Yamin Bhatti, and Zahid-ul-Haq. MPCL defeated PAF 3-1 in the last quarterfinal to get a berth in the top-4 stage of the national hockey championship.The action continues on Saturday as the championship is set to feature the semi-finals. The first semi-final will commence at 7 PM, while the second semi-final will be held at 9 PM, offering a double dose of hockey excitement to fans across the nation. 

HOCKEY - National 19 Oct, 2023

AWT National Hockey Championship reaches Quarterfinals Stage
Sports Bulletin ReportRAWALPINDI: The 67th Army Welfare Trust (AWT) National Hockey Championship has entered in the quarterfinal stage, as the Sindh A secured their spot in the quarterfinals after defeating Pakistan Navy 6-3 here at Lt. General Ishfaq Nadeem Hockey Stadium, Ayub Park on Thursday. All four quarterfinals will be played on Friday at the same venue.The Sindh A team, composed of young and seasoned players, displayed their skills in the first match by defeating the strong Pakistan Navy side. In a stunning display of prowess, they managed to score a convincing 6-3 victory, earning themselves a place in the quarterfinals. The match saw star players like Haris Nasir, Hamad Ayaz, and Sultan Mahmood contributing significantly, while Abdul Wahab led the team with three goals. For the Navy, Akbar Ali, Osman Ali, and Basharat were among the notable scorers.The standout performers in the match were undoubtedly Babar Sadaat and Abdul Wahab, with both players delivering stellar performances under the guidance of Army Welfare Trust's Proto Officer Anisur Rahman Mashwani and Mohammad Wahid.The second match featured Punjab A facing AJK, with Punjab A dominating the game with a 10-2 score-line. Captain Arslan led his team's onslaught with four goals, while Hasim added two more, and Abdullah, Saeed, Shamoel, and Hafiz Afraheem chipped in with one goal each. For Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Umair Zeeshan and Waqar were the goal scorers. This match witnessed the special appearance of Colonel Waseem Malik, Deputy CEO of Military Guard, who presented the Man of the Match awards to Aamir Sahil and Arslan.The third match saw Pakistan Army taking on Punjab B, and the Army side emerged victorious with a scoreline of 8-1. Shahid and Osman scored two goals each, while Rauf Arslan, Wasim Akram, Aqil, and Owais Zahid added one each. Punjab B's lone goal was scored by Shaher. The Umpire Panel for this match included Rizwan Khan, Irfan Malik, and Zahid Hamid, and the Match Supervisor was Muhammad Ali. The field jury consisted of Ali Abid, Mohammad Kabir, Mohammad Kamal, Mohammad Imtiaz, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Yasir Lodhi.The fourth and final match featured WAPDA going up against KPK A, with WAPDA securing a dominant 9-1 victory. Rana Abdul Waheed and Amjad Ali Khan scored two goals each, while Moeen Shakil, Ali Aziz, Mohammad Atiq, Hamad-ud-Din, and Aleem Bilal each contributed one goal. The solitary goal for KPK A was netted by Sameerullah. The Match Supervisor, Brigadier Farooq Zaman, Director HR Army Welfare Trust, presented the Man of the Match awards to Mohammad Allah. The field jury included Rafeeq Khan, Syed Salim Raza, Ghulam Khokhar, Zia Bakhsh, and Ghulam Abbas.On Friday, the excitement reaches its peak as all four quarterfinal matches are set to take place. The first match will be played at 11 AM, followed by the second at 1:30 PM, the third at 4 PM, and the fourth and final quarterfinal at 6:30 PM. Hockey enthusiasts can expect fierce competition and intense action.