Shahnaz wants Pakistan hockey fraternity to sit together for CT

Islamabad—Former Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh wants the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and former Olympians to sit- together and chalk-out a strategy for persuading the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to review its plan on scrapping the Champions Trophy (CT).
Talking to APP, Shahnaz asked PHF to hold a seminar for developing a consensus to press FIH abandon its plan of doing away with the Champions Trophy.
“All the former Olympians are concerned at the FIH’s decision to scrap this prestigious event. I think we need to hold a seminar to convince the FIH that this event has a long history and its abolishment will only have negative effects on the game of hockey,” he said.
“The seminar should be held under the umbrella of PHF. We need to sit together and devise a joint strategy to persuade FIH to review its plan,” he said. The FIH has recently stated that a new portfolio of events will be launched in 2019 which will completely change the landscape of international hockey.
The plan also includes scrapping of the Champions Trophy and replacing it with GHL. According to the FIH, the decision was made after more than 18 months of consultation and research overseen by a specially-formed working group for the project.
Shahnaz said that he had also discussed the unfortunate move with former skipper Islahuddin. It may be mentioned here that Islahuddin was the captain, while Shahnaz was vice captain of Pakistan hockey team that won the inaugural edition of Champions Trophy in 1978 in Lahore.—APP

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