POA asks PHF to prepare comprehensive case at jnr hockey team’s snub

ISLAMABAD, Dec 6 (APP): Pakistan Olympic Association (POA)
Tuesday asked Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to prepare a
comprehensive case about the expulsion of Pakistan team from the
Junior Hockey World Cup and submit it to the International Hockey
Federation (FIH).

“I urge the PHF to prepare a comprehensive case and submit it
to the world hockey governing body, asking it as why Pakistan team
has been deprived of the event,” Secretary General POA M. Khalid
Mehmood told APP.

Pakistan junior hockey team lost its berth for the mega event,
starting in Lucknow, India from Thursday. The FIH announced that the
former champions failed to confirm their participation before the
deadline and hence Malaysians are participating at their place.

The PHF; however claims that it had fulfilled all the relevant
documentation in time but the players were not issued visas by the
Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

Khalid said the POA was disappointed at the team’s exclusion
from the mega event and wanted to take up the issue at all forums,
including the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“We know our players have been working really hard for the
event. They must be disappointed for missing out the coveted event
in such a way. It is a great setback for them.

“We are ready to become their voice and plead their case. But
we want to move according to the rules and norms. The first forum to
take up the issue is FIH. Hence, we urge the PHF to strongly take up
the issue there. If they are not heard by the FIH properly, then
we’ll take the case to the IOC.”

He said the POA would place Pakistan junior team’s expulsion
from the World Cup on the agenda of its upcoming General Council
Meeting. “Our General Council will meet in January and we will also
take up this issue,” he added.