Desperate to revive hockey in the country, Pakistan plans to start a five-sided league to attract potential investors, who can save the national sport from the financial crisis.
In addition to the five-sided event, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) also has plans to launch its Super League.
“We are working on not only participating and managing the 5-a-hockey league but also introducing this format well at the domestic level,” PHF secretary Asif Bajwa said.
He said the new format quickly became popular in the world and also attracted players, sponsors, and broadcasters.
“Pakistani hockey has been experiencing a financial crisis for the past few years and it has ruined our performance. Suspension of sports activities due to the threat of COVID-19 has not helped,” said Bajwa, a former Olympic athlete.
The official said PHF had begun working from its office after the Pakistani government relaxed the guidelines on locking up coronavirus.
“With relaxed government locking steps, PHF has also reopened its offices with all SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) followed. As a sports federation we must create something new to revive sport and also start raising funds,” Bajwa said .
Bajwa said PHF was in the process of inviting offers from individuals and corporate houses for the planned city-based franchise league.
“This is our first stage and in the second phase we intend to attract publishers and sponsors.”