FIH permits Pakistan to compete in Olympic qualification occasions

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has reached an settlement with the Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) in response to which the previous Olympic and World champions have been allowed to compete for a spot within the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

On the identical time, the heavy tremendous imposed on Pakistan for pulling out of FIH Professional League has been diminished to appreciable stage, mentioned PHF spokesman right here on Wednesday. “Argentina and Holland have withdrawn their compensation case towards Pakistan decreasing the full quantity of the tremendous to 25 %,” he mentioned.

“Moreover, the FIH has additionally allowed Pakistan Hockey Federation (FIH) to take a position the remainder of half quantity of the tremendous on grassroots hockey growth in Pakistan and share the progress with Asian Hockey Federation (AHF),” he added.

The remainder of the half tremendous can be paid to FIH in installments with first installment to be paid on or earlier than August 19, 2019, mentioned the spokesman. Pakistan should pay the primary installment of tremendous to compete within the Olympic qualifying matches likely to be held in September.

“PHF President Brig (R) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar, who together with FIH authorized counsel Majid Bashir, pleaded the case with FIH Disciplinary Fee in Switzerland on Tuesday and thanked FIH CEO Thierry Weil for amicable settlement that might now enable Pakistan not solely to compete in Olympic Qualification spherical but in addition to funding a part of the tremendous again residence on growth programmes at grassroots stage,” he mentioned.

Speaking to The Nation on the event, PHF President Brig (R) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar has mentioned that the FIH has diminished the tremendous of Euros 190,000 to greater than 75 %. “FIH Disciplinary Committee Chairman Gordon Nurse was form sufficient to hearken to their facet of story and never solely lauded Pakistan hockey’s unparallel previous, but in addition appreciated our efforts to resolve the problem and diminished the tremendous to only 25 %.

“I together with authorized counsel Majid Bashir pleaded the case with FIH Disciplinary Fee in Switzerland. I’m grateful to FIH CEO Thierry Weil for amicable settlement that might now enable Pakistan not solely to compete in Olympic qualification spherical but in addition to make the most of funding a part of the tremendous on growth programmes at grassroots stage. We had prolonged discussions, reached settlement for out of doors court docket settlement and all was finished amicably,” he added.

Khokhar mentioned: “Now we’ve to maneuver ahead. As I had promised that we will persuade FIH as we didn’t conceal something and wrote each factor primarily based on floor realities. However actually, it wasn’t the federation’s fault, as we had introduced all the pieces into authorities’s discover and we got assurance by the then IPC Secretary Jameel Ahmed of releasing funds, however at eleventh hour, he backed off from his promise and we have been left with no different choice, however to skip the occasion.”

The PHF chief mentioned: “I had borrowed cash to clear dues of gamers, officers in current previous, guarantee our workforce should fulfill worldwide commitments. However for the way lengthy, one might run federation with out monetary assist. I’ve requested the federal government again and again to offer us amenities and don’t give us money as with out investing in hockey, we are able to by no means produce even peculiar outcomes.

“We have now deliberate to begin hockey at grassroots stage, that’s why we fashioned growth squads to play towards the Uzbekistan nationwide workforce. We are going to present alternatives to juniors on common foundation, whereas senior gamers, who can show their health, shall be given one other probability to symbolize the nation,” he asserted.

He mentioned that the 65th Air Marshal (Late) Muhammad Nur Khan Nationwide Hockey Championship shall be performed at Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium, Karachi from July 23 to August 7. The Nationwide Championship shall be organised by PHF effectively in response to FIH and PHF guidelines. I’m positive we will detect contemporary expertise from the championship, which shall be invited for coaching camp for the Olympic qualifiers, as with out giving possibilities to the kids, we gained’t be capable to take Pakistan hockey ahead, Khokhar concluded. 

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