Pakistan to boycott all India-hosted events

Published: December 1, 2016

LAHORE: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Shehbaz Ahmed said that after an unfair snub in the upcoming Junior Hockey World Cup, the federation will not send the team to participate in any event in India.

While talking to the media, after giving a briefing to the standing committee, the 1994 World Cup winner said that they will also complain to the International Hockey Federation (FIH) about the way Indian government treated the matter of the issuance of visa of the players. “We will certainly not be participating in any tournament there [in India],” he said. “The way the Indian government handled the matter of issuing visa for our players, it’s definitely damaging for the game of hockey.

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“We also hope that hockey authorities all over the world will be taking notice of Indian government’s attitude, and we will also try to convince FIH of not letting India host any major hockey event in the future.”

Shehbaz also went on to show his anger on the way Indian authorities issued visa to the Malaysian team in three days to participate in the mega. “It’s extremely disappointing that they[Indian government] issued  visa to Malaysia within three days to make sure we won’t be able to participate in the World Cup.”

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Reader Comments (7)

  • wiserneighbour
    Dec 1, 2016 - 9:23PM

    thanks.we saw your behaviour last time.Recommend

  • Fahim
    Dec 1, 2016 - 10:49PM

    India one time will send request than all sports federation will fall down. Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Dec 2, 2016 - 5:20AM

    This is just stupid. This kind of politicking is not in Pakistan’s interest. We should not act like emotional fools. It makes us look weak.Recommend

  • auginpk
    Dec 2, 2016 - 6:16AM

    Good for India.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Dec 2, 2016 - 6:30AM

    Thanks for not coming, we did not want you anyway. Its better you do not come you are unwelcome. I am sure Trump will be your best friend. Recommend

  • Shadab
    Dec 2, 2016 - 8:30AM

    .Great decision. Brand your country.Recommend

  • Shaukat
    Dec 2, 2016 - 11:07AM

    This is the umpteenth time that India has rejected visa of Pakistani sportsperson. I am sure our shameless government will keep on applying for Indian visas in the future as well. Recommend

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