LAHORE, Oct 16 (APP):Tanvir Dar XI lifted the inaugural Rob Lathouwers Challenge hockey cup by winning the match on spun of coin as the tie ended in a 2-2 draw at the scheduled time here on Tuesday at the National Hockey Stadium.
Rob Lathouwers Challenge Cup is the brain child of Olympic gold medallist Taqueer Dar, the founder president of Dar Hockey Academy to honour the famed Dutch Umpire Rob Lathouwers.
This is in recognition of Lathouwers’ great services for Pakistan hockey in general and Dar Academy in particular.
His MOP club in Holland has hosted Dar Hockey Academy during all their five tours of Holland.
Lathouwers distributed prizes at the end of the match and was overwhelmed by the Dar Academy’s gesture.
“I am at a loss of words to express my gratitude. I feel greatly honoured to have an annual event named after me. Pakistan hockey has always been close to my heart and Dar Hockey Academy is my own academy. It gives me a great sense of achievement that academy’s boys have been gaining national selection in numbers”.
It is pertinent to mention that Lathouwers developed serious cardiac problem last Friday and spent the night at the Coronary Care Unit of National Hospital. The diagnosis suggested irregular heart functioning.
He was very appreciative of the treatment and care.
“I was amazed at the way doctors and the other staff looked after me in a very professional manner. Within a day I was good enough to be discharged. Now, I feel 75% normal. Dar Academy people including Taqueer Dar, club secretary Irfan Butt, head coach Danish Kaleem and other coaches Ejaz and Sultan never let me feel if I was away from home and family”.