LAHORE - Former hockey Olympian Naveed Alam has said that due to wrong polices of the current Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) top brass, the national game is on the verge of destruction so true leadership is direly needed to save it from further decline.
Speaking at the press conference here on Friday, Olympian Naveed said: “The current PHF management not only destroyed the national game to larger extent but also defamed the country and the entire nation. Now the helm of PHF affairs should be handed over to those who may revive the game and bring it to those heights which it had enjoyed in its golden era.”
He also backed Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali as PHF president adding that Jamali had wide experience of the game so he would be surely a better choice because he was the person who could change the fortunes of Pakistan hockey.
He said the current PHF officials totally failed in running the affairs of the federation successfully. “When ex-PHF secretary Asif Bajwa resigned after disgraceful defeats in the Asia Cup 2013 which deprived the green shirts of qualifying for the Hockey World Cup 2014, it clearly indicated that the policies of the current PHF failed miserably so they themselves should have resigned immediately from their posts in the larger interest of the game and the country.”
He requested Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, who himself is a true sportsman, to take up this issue seriously and nominate the name for the PHF president who may hold the elections in a fair and transparent way.
“We have no objection over holding the elections but the problem is that the current PHF management has completed its term and now they have been occupying the seats in the federation illegally. So the PM should appoint interim setup in the PHF to hold the elections fairly,” he added.
He lamented the PHF’s decision of sacking as many as 10 national players. “It is very harsh decision to sack 10 of the national team players without any concrete reason. Instead of sacking them, the PHF management should resign themselves in the larger interest of hockey and the country and should give the chance to those who want to promote the game and help the country regain the lost hockey glory.”
“The PM should announce a committee which should be given task to make the house in order and hold the elections of the federation in a transparent way. If this committee holds elections fairly, then I am sure the new management will not only revive hockey but also help the national team to earn top slot at Asian level and also excel at international level,” he concluded.