The Senate Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Thursday recommended that the process on making Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) an independent body should be completed at the earliest.
The committee met here at the Parliament house under the chairmanship of Saud Majeed which discussed several issues in the meeting.
The chairman also said that a blue astro-turf should be laid as soon as possible at the Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium. “Hockey academies should be installed in Federal Capital and regions for the development of the game,” he said.
He said PHF must work on Under-12 and Under-15 teams in order to groom the youth for future.
In the meeting, PHF Secretary Shahbaz Ahmed Sr. briefed the committee about the hardships faced by the federation to promote the game in the country.
“Hockey players lack jobs which is the main reason for the game’s collapse,” he said and added players need jobs for a living and departments should come forward to provide them.
“Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) and Fauji Foundation have provided jobs to players and we are also in talks with Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) to hire our players,” he said. He said it has been a long time since we had won any major title in the game. “It is because our players lack scope and training as needed to compete at international level,” he said and added players are even provided with basic requirements.—APP