Sunday, September 22, 2013

T&T hockey team to play in Commonwelath 2014 after Pakistan teams exclusion

Internal board dispute has caused Pakistan hockey team not to participate in the 2014 commonwealth games. Though this is not a good news for a country like Pakistan where game is quiet popular and people connect emotionally to the game.

What happened is that the Pakistan Olympic Association got split into two bodies and only one of those by recognised by IOA. The Pakistan Hockey Federation backed by state sports authority thus showed no interest in POA that has IOC backing and decided not to send the hockey team. Interestingly the Pakistan hockey has failed to qualify for hockey world cup as well. I wish the disputed in the country get resolved soon and we'll need to seethe country doing well in hockey as they did in the past.

Pakistan hockey teams exclusion came as a good news for T&T hockey team. For a board who is facing financial crisis, participating in such a world class tournament would not only help financially but would be a learning curve for the team as well.

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