Pakistan hockey Olympians demand probe into team's failures

Pakistan's national sport hit rock bottom recently when the their junior team finished ninth in the World Cup in India.

updated: December 20, 2013 14:43 IST
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Karachi: A group of Pakistani Olympic hockey greats protested outside the parliament in Islamabad against the present set up in the Pakistan Hockey Federation, calling for the sacking of the present PHF officials and an inquiry against them.

However, it was sad that only about a dozen former players demonstrated. Some of the former greats included Samiullah, Shahnaz Sheikh, Muhammad Saqlain and Qamar Zia. They were joined by a few other people holding placards expressing anguish over the state of hockey in the country. But no parliamentarian bothered to come out and meet them or find out about their grievances.

"Such is the apathy of the people who rule this country that they don't care about what is happening with our national sport, hockey, which has brought us so many laurels in the past," a protester said.

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