PHF requests government approval to compete in the Asian Champions Trophy.
LAHORE: The Pakistan Hockey Federation has requested a no-objection certificate from the Pakistan Sports Board in order to move on with the other formalities and confirm the participation of the national team in the next Asian Champions Tournament in India.
The continental competition is being held in Chennai from August 3 to August 12 and PHF secretary Haider Hussain stated that, despite tense relations between Pakistan and India, participation in the event was vital as the national team risked the wrath of international hockey authorities.
The PHF has the right to be penalized by the Asian Hockey Federation for refusing to send the squad to India, Haider said in an interview with Dawn on Wednesday.
“We will not send the team if the government forbids it, and we will bear the consequences.”
In the six-team competition, Pakistan will compete against the hosts, India, China, South Korea, Japan, and Malaysia. According to Haider, the PHF needs government funding to cover its costs.
“The government has made a contribution, but there is a need to raise funds from the private sector,” he said.
According to the former international, Pakistan needs to participate in international competitions to raise its standing, and the PHF is working to take advantage of any opportunities that present itself.
He continued by saying that because of the political climate, a bilateral match between the PHF and India was not possible.
He believed that competing with one another would help both nations raise the level of play and spread the sport throughout the area.