KARACHI: The junior training camp, which is being organised by the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and scheduled to begin on June 14, has once again shifted its venue back to the Hockey Club of Pakistan (HCP), Karachi.
Earlier, due to the law and order situation in the city, organisers had decided to move the camp to the Naseer Bunda Hockey (NBH) Stadium Islamabad on June 6.
According to PHF Secretary, Rana Mujahid, “Preoccupation of the Allama Iqbal Hostel in Islamabad for national swimming, basketball, netball and All Pakistan Ranking Boxing events left us with no choice but to shift the venue of the training camp from the NBH stadium back to the HCP.”
The PHF has directed the probable players and team officials to report to camp commandant Manzoorul Hassan at the HCP stadium on June 14.
Meanwhile, the first phase of the ongoing senior hockey camp at the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Complex will end on June 13 and it is scheduled to recommence in the first week of Ramazan, informed national team’s head coach Shahnaz Sheikh.
Sheikh is now looking forward to keep the same venue for the next phase, as the PSB complex has all the requisite facilities. Previously, he was in favour of changing the sites for each phase of the training camp.
“The camp resumes again in the first week of Ramazan, while the venue will remain the same,” said Sheikh.
“The physical training of the players will be done at night while the game will be played in evening.
“We will require flood lights for physical fitness training in Ramazan, which are not available in other cities, while other facilities are also available at the PSB Complex.”
Published in The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2014.
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