National Hockey Championship kicks off in Karachi

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The 65th edition of National Hockey Championship has been started in Karachi’s Abdul Sattar Hockey Stadium on Tuesday featuring 20 teams from all over Pakistan.

KPK, Port Qasim Authority (PQA), Punjab, and Sindh have won their opening games in the championship. KP was prominent with their 11-0 win against Gilgit.

PQA beat Baluchistan by 6-0, Punjab defeated FATA by 7-0 and Sindh outclassed Islamabad by 5-0.

Air Vice-Marshal Noor Abbas inaugurated the event which will see 20 teams fighting to win the coveted title. “It is delighted to see the passion of the players who came from far-flung areas to participate in the tournament,” he said while talking to the media.

Abbas said that the Pakistan Hockey Federation is working hard to get rid of the crisis and hopes that things will get better soon. “I have talked to them about the crisis which is extreme. We are hopeful that Sajjad Khokhar and his team will set the things rightly,” Abbas added.

He requested the media to give some time to the federation to settle down the things. He was off the view that changes can’t be made overnight. “The federation is keen towards the progress of hockey in Pakistan. PHF’s new secretary Asif Bajwa has strong plans and I hope he will get them implemented very soon,” he said.

Teams:

KPK, PQA, Punjab, Sindh, PIA, SSGC, ARMY, MPCL, NAVY, NBP, WAPDA, Railway, Police, ARMY (W), PAF, Gilgit, FATA, Islamabad, WAPDA (W), Baluchistan

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