PIA Chairman Muhammad Irfan Elahi said on Wednesday that national flag carrier will extend best possible cooperation to Pakistan Hockey Federation for revival of hockey.
“Despite financial constraints, PIA is playing its due role in the promotion of sports and allied activities and we will be extending cooperation to PHF for putting hockey on the road to progress,” he was talking to media after inaugurating Punjab Chief Minister Women Hockey Cup here at National Stadium. Also present were PHF President Brig. (Retd) Khaid Sajjad Khokhar, Secretary Shhabaz Ahmad and Director General of Sports Board Punjab, Zulfiqar Ahmad Ghumman.
Irfan Elahi said the PIA has launched a scheme for revival of hockey offering incentives to its passengers and to provide financial benefit to the PHF. “I appeal to all the passengers travelling through PIA to take part in this scheme to contribute in a national cause,” he added.
He said PIA is funding various ventures for the overall development of the hockey and will welcome similar suggestions from PHF in the larger interest of the game.
PHF President Brig. (Retd) Khalid acknowledged the contribution of the PIA for the revival of hockey and said the scheme which PIA has launched will greatly benefit the national hockey. “At the moment PIA is not in a strong financial position but despite that it is always shouldering our efforts for the cause of the hockey,” he said.