Karachi: There is a good news for hockey fans in Pakistan as Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has just received No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the government of Pakistan for holding the Pakistan Hockey League in April next year.
PHF President Khalid Khokhar and Secretary Shahbaz Ahmad called on the Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal to express their gratitude after receiving NOC for the league.
PHF is hopeful of roping in world’s leading hockey stars for the tournament in Pakistan.
The interior minister wished PHF that it hold the tournament successfully and portray positive image of the country to the world.
“Successful holding of the PHL would not only go a long way in promoting hockey in the country but also enhance the image of Pakistan as a peace loving sporting nation,” Iqbal said.
Sports’ events gradually returning to Pakistan and recently Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hosted Sri Lanka for a T20 match in Lahore. Earlier this year, PCB also hosted Pakistan Super League final also in Lahore.
Foreign hockey players, belonging to Australia and Argentina, also recently participated in a local Nishan-e-Haider Nine-a-Side Hockey Tournament in Karachi.
Meanwhile, football also received a boost when former legendary Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho and Wales footballer, Ryan Giggs, popular for his long association with Manchester United, visited Pakistan for a couple of exhibition matches in Lahore and Karachi.—PPI