LAHORE: Lockouts due to the global pandemic have added to the problem of a dilapidated national hockey sport and as the Secretary of the Hockey Federation of Pakistan, Asif Bajwa said, under the current situation they will face major challenges in the coming days.
Coronavirus and lockdown will also have a negative impact on the country’s economic sport situation. Speaking to the media, he said that because of the postponement of national and international events due to the corona virus, national hockey players had become unemployed and “we will face more severe challenges in the coming days.”
The Federation’s Hockey Secretary said that because of the virus, all foreign tours of junior and senior national teams including the Asian Junior Cup and the Azlan Shah Cup had been postponed while the domestic calendar would be restructured if the situation improved.
The PHF secretary said that the goal of the players’ online fitness plan is to keep them active and fit. On the other hand, work is ongoing in the Pakistan Hockey League but holding the league this year depends on the circumstances.
In addition, PHF has suspended all national and international activities until August. According to the PHF schedule, the national junior hockey team is scheduled to play 12 matches against the Dutch, German and Belgian junior teams in the first week of May.
The European national hockey team tour in June-July has also been postponed due to the corona virus situation in these countries. If life returns to normal after coronavirus, training camps for the national team can be held before August, but no domestic hockey events will be held until August.