President PHF requests AHF to hold Asian qualifying matches of W’Cup

Bureau Report

Lahore: President Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Brig (Rtd) Khalid Sajjad Khokar has requested the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) to grant permission to arrange Asian qualifying round matches of the World Cup in Pakistan.
President PHF had a meeting with AHF’s delegation during which he guaranteed them that Pakistan is a safe country for international Hockey events. “I have requested AHF to organize the world cup qualifying Asian region matches in Pakistan. I assured them that Pakistan is a completely safe country to host sports,” he said.
“The visits of top international goalkeepers from different countries to participate in our local hockey event, a series with the star-studded world eleven teams, invited hockey legends of different countries and included them in the hall of fame ceremony. These are the clear signs to prove the country’s safety for international hockey,” he added. He further revealed that arrangements for the Pakistan Hockey League (PHL) are in the final stages as the league is all set to be held in 2021. He is also in talks with different nations to send their teams to Pakistan to play a bilateral or triangular series which will give exposures to hockey players.