LAHORE: Former Olympians have congratulated Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) president Akhtar Rasool and secretary general Rana Mujahid Ali for being unanimously elected as member of the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) executive board and AHF vice president respectively.
In a statement former Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh, who is also the head coach of the national team, said Wednesday the election of Akhtar and Mujahid was the manifestation of the trust that the Asian body attached to the PHF. “It is a great achievement that would go a long way in the promotion and development of hockey in Pakistan.” Shahnaz added the new PHF management was striving hard to bring international hockey back in Pakistan and hoped that both newly elected officials of the PHF would be successful to convince the international teams to visit Pakistan.
Former Pakistan captain and Olympian Islahuddin Siddiqui said the result of the election reflected that Pakistan was still a force in international hockey. He stated that both Akhtar and Mujahid would play their role effectively in the AHF and soon hockey lovers would see foreign teams coming to Pakistan.
Shahbaz Senior said the election would enhance the confidence of the sponsors to help the national game. “I am sure that a new era has opened in Pakistan and the election of two officials in the Asian body has raised hopes that the potential sponsors will now take Pakistan hockey seriously and help it on the road to progress.” Olympians Nasir Ali, Khalid Bashir, Musaddiq Hussain, Arshad Ali Chawdhry, Mohammed Akhlaq, Khawaja Junaid and Tahir Zaman also congratulated Akhtar and Mujahid.
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