ISLAMABAD - Pakistan hockey team is currently in Malaysia to participate in the ninth Asia Cup Hockey Tournament which is very significant for the green shirts as their future of participation in the Hockey World Cup 2014 depends on the outcome of this event.
But to the utter disappointment of the millions of hockey followers of the country, the national broadcaster didn’t bother to telecast this highly-significant event, thus depriving masses of watching their stars in action. Hockey is our national game but it is getting step motherly treatment from the TV giants and also from the government. This game is fast losing its charm in the upcoming generation as cricket has long overtaken all the other sports. With none of the so-called champions of sports promoters in the private channels, who claim to be the first to open a separate channel for sports, bothered to telecast this event. It was the national and moral duty of the state run channel to make arrangements to telecast this prestigious event which has other priorities. They are free to telecast tennis, soccer and other international sports live, spending huge national exchequer in the process for a limited group of fans, but they don’t have the funds or means to broadcast our national game.
People from different walks of life have resented national broadcasters’ attitude and demanded an immediate inquiry into this matter of national interest, as why and on what grounds, national TV has failed to make arrangements to telecast Hockey Asia Cup 2013.
Talking to The Nation, former Pakistan hockey team captain and winner of 1994 Hockey World Cup legendry goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed said: “I am very disappointed with the behaviour of the national TV. They have a separate sports channel, then what are the reasons they didn’t bother to make arrangements to telecast the Asia Cup. I along with other ex-Olympians request to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to look into this matter, as if our national game can’t be telecast on national TV, then what will be the future of this game?”
“We will soon meet with Prime Minister and take up this issue and ensure these things will not be repeated in future,” Mansoor concluded.
Now Pakistan hockey team have qualified for the semi-finals so the state run channel should make arrangements to telecast the semifinal and final of the event, so people may at least watch their favourite sons in action in the high-profile matches.