Press Release


Islamabad: July 30, 2015: The Committee constituted to probe facts of the debacle of Pakistan Hockey Team in Belgium in the Olympic Qualifying Round, the conduct of the Pakistan Hockey Federation, management of this event in particular and managing hockey affairs by this federation in general, finalized its proceedings/recommendations today on 30th July, 2015. The Committee observed many flaws in the preparation of the team for the Belgium event including the failure to organize training camps well in time, appropriate selection of players and officials on merit, the fitness level of the players and the management of the players during the tournament which resulted in total demoralization of the team resulting in such a shameful debacle. The Committee further observed that the management of the team, affairs of the federation, selection procedure, both of team and the managers itself is devoid of systematic and prudent practices.

Accordingly, the Committee through the Pakistan Sports Board/Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination recommends to the Patron-in-Chief to take appropriate action in the interest of National Hockey. In addition provision of sufficient funds for uplift of Hockey under a transparent system of its utilization is essential. The Patron-in-Chief is being requested to assign specific role to corporate sector organization to adopt Hockey for sponsorship. Further, the experts may be asked to prepare a 10 year action plan to develop the game on modern lines.


Muhammad Azam Dar
Director National Sports Federation,
Pakistan Sports Board