Asian Games: Pakistan hockey players embroiled in 'blanket theft' controversy

Published: September 11, 2018
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LAHORE: Pakistan hockey team embroiled in yet another scandal after a dismal performance in the Asian Games.

There have been revelations that three players, by their will, decided to bring the blankets to the hotel after the end of the Asian Games in Jakarta.

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According to sources, all three players were staying in the same room which is why the team administration did not know about this incident. When the administration counted the blankets, there were three blankets less.

When the Asian Games investigated into the matter, three Pakistani players were revealed to have taken the three blankets without informing the organisers.

The Asian Games administration contacted the Pakistan team manager Hassan Sardar, who immediately returned the three missing blankets.

However, the three players weren’t fined nor did they face any kind of penalty.

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Many payers taking part in the worldwide sporting events take traveling bags, towels, blankets, toothpastes, shampoos and other goods as souvenirs.

However, the Asian Games administration had already notified the athletes from Asian countries not to take anything back to their countries and any player who did it, would be heavily fined.

The national team manager said there was no truth in the matter that the players were searched at the airport.

In his video message, he said that the three players mistakenly took the blankets with them and later returned them to the Asia Games village.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • greatguy
    Sep 11, 2018 - 2:52PM

    Pls. stop ridiculing Pakistan and Pakistani players, is this a news ?, in such events it happens and that may be part of their fun activity or casual behaviour. its okay. Pls. think before publishing. We Pakistanis are not beggars or thieves….I know this comment will not be published here.. Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Sep 12, 2018 - 5:49AM

    When there is nothing in Pakistan even a blanket is precious.Recommend

  • Mokasha
    Sep 12, 2018 - 10:18AM

    Can you mistakenly take blanket in the hotel? And that too three at a time? When you are caught the best strategy is to apologize. Nothing else works in such situation.Recommend

  • Kamran
    Sep 12, 2018 - 12:36PM

    As far as I know, an I have been around sportsman of Pakistan around 5 years an almost daily visits to the sports board of Pakistan, you r told my the hosting country to take the blankets along if u wish too. Recommend

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