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NBP gives cash awards to Under-18 hockey squad


LAHORE: The National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) awarded cash prizes of Rs1.15 million to its youth hockey squad that won the National Under-18 Championship in Karachi this year. The prizes were awarded at a ceremony held at a hotel here on Saturday. All the 20 players and three officials of the winning squad pocketed Rs.50,000 each. Former Test cricketer and NBP Sports Department head Iqbal Qasim, hockey Olympians namely Tahir Zaman, Arshad Chaudhry, Anjum Saeed, Danish Kaleem, Mohammad Ikhlaq, former PHF secretary Mussaratullah Khan and many others attended the function. NBP officials Kausar Iqbal Malik and Mudassar Khan awarded the prizes.
The national sport of the country is in a dying state as the federal government, which has the prime duty to improve the game, has not shown any serious effort towards hockey. The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), headed by Akhtar Rasool Chaudhry, has yet to announce any concrete policy for the revival of the game, as he is waiting for a grant from the federal government. Under these circumstances, the NBP honouring its junior team for winning the last National Hockey Championship in Karachi is like a breeze in the hockey circles. Former Test cricketer Qasim took the initiative. 

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