On Tuesday, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) made the decision to withdraw Pakistan’s hosting rights for the Olympic Qualifiers scheduled for January next year. This decision was prompted by internal disputes between the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and the state-owned Pakistan Sports Board (PSB). An insider within the PHF stated that
“The FIH, while taking away our hosting rights, made it clear it was convinced that the sports board and government were not willing to cooperate with the PHF in the successful hosting of the event,
The announcement has dealt a significant setback to Pakistan’s hockey community, as it marked their first opportunity to host an international event in over ten years. Lahore was selected by the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) as the event’s location.
Nevertheless, recent efforts by the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) to meddle in the PHF’s affairs and appoint their favored officials to the federation have resulted in a state of disorder.
Numerous ex-Olympians, motivated with the support of the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination and the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), have been trying to stage a coup in the PHF. Their objective is to garner sufficient support for a vote of no confidence against the incumbent President, Brigadier Khalid Sajjad Khokar, and Secretary Haider Hussain.
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