PHF celebrates Olympic Day

Lahore—Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) celebrated the Olympic Day in a befitting manner by organizing three matches on Thursday night under lights at National Hockey Stadium.
President, Pakistan Olympic Association, Lt General (retd) Syed Arif Hasan was the chief guest on the occasion. A reasonable crowd was in attendance.
The first match was between two teams made out of girls of RAWAH hockey academy. The sides were named Pakistan Olympic Association and Pakistan Hockey Federation. As it was a game between young girls, mostly school students, they fought out a good contest which was enjoyed by the crowd.
The second game was played between the Punjab Sports Board and a combined side of coaches, umpires and technical officials involved in the ongoing OGDCL 5-a side tournament at the same venue.
But the friendly match which evoked a lot of interest was the one between the Olympians XI and the Media XI. Decorated Olympians, World Cup winners and no less than five former national captains were seen in action.
These included Illustrious names of Pakistan hockey such as Tahir Zaman, Waseem Feroze, Khawaja Junaid, Usman Sheikh, Qamar Ibrahim, Kamaran Ashraf, Naveed Alam, Dr Atif Bashir, Qasim Khan, Mohammad Sarwar and Rehan But. Some of them were still fit enough to display the game reminding spectators of their halcyon days.
Special gifts/souvenirs were presented to the families at the stadium by the former hockey greats who appreciated this fine gesture.
Lt General (rtd) Arif Hasan praised the PHF for holding the Olympic day in such a wonderful manner. He also lauded the steps of the PHF to put the national game at the right track to enable Pakistan hockey regain its lost glory. He said, Hockey is the only sport which has given us a lot of medals including golds and silvers at the Olympics. We all hope that it reaches those heights again.—APP

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