PHF Secretary Muhammad Asif Bajwa has said that resumption of hockey activities by the end of this month is not possible. He further said that in order to prepare the players for international events PHF will follow the guidelines provided by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
The PHF headquarter in Lahore has already been opened from 11th May 2020 Monday taking all precautions as instructed by the government. The office would be opened for a few hours to look after the routine matters. “The PHF would monitor and review the whole situation and follow the federal government’s directives,” he said.
There is no hope that any domestic hockey event could be organised even at the end of this month. The PHF would think about the domestic activities when the pandemic was brought under control.
Asif Bajwa further said that PHF would first organise training camps for groups of 10 players in different cities. “We won’t gather all the players at one place,” he stated.
PHF would also organise the 5-a-side national event so that fewer players and officials were involved initially.
PHF’s home-based training programme for the national senior and junior players was a wonderful experience. He said the players devotedly implemented the program and followed all the guidelines.
He said that thanks to the training programme, the pervious hard work was not wasted. It kept the players physically fit and in form. “When the regular training begins, the players will not feel any problem,” he added.
Pakistan is the most successful national field hockey team in the Hockey World Cup with four championships: 1971, 1978, 1982 and 1994. The team has seen somewhat of a drought in International wins since 2004. The Pakistani national team most successful tournament, in recent times, has been the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy winning the trophy twice, first in 2012 against India and second in 2013 against Japan,
The Pakistan national field hockey team (Urdu: پاکستان قومى ہاكى ٹیم) is administered by the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), the governing body for hockey in Pakistan. They have been a member of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) since 1948 and founding member of the Asian Hockey Federation (ASHF) which formed in 1958.