Olympian Brig Atif passes away

ISLAMABAD: Former secretary Pakistan Hockey Federation Olympian Brig (R) Manzoor Hussain Atif died of cancer at the age of 80 years here on Monday.

Atif who was under treatment at the CMH Rawalpindi, left behind a widow, two sons and two daughters.

His widow told Geo News that his kidneys failed causing his death.

Manzoor Hussain Atif was a member of the Pakistan team, who participated in the Olympics 1960 in Rome where it won the gold medal for the first time in the history of Pakistan hockey.

He captained the national team in the next Olympics, held in 1964.

He has been the most successful administrator of Pakistan hockey and under his managership, the national team won the gold medals in the Olympic Hockey tournaments in 1968 and 1984, and in the hockey World Cup in Mumbai.

Besides holding the position of secretary of the PHF, he has been the secretary of the Asian Hockey Council and also the senior vice president of the International Hockey Federation.

President PHF Qasim Zia expressing his deep sorrow over the death of Brig (R) Manzoor Hussain Atif said he devoted his whole life to the game of hockey.

Qasim Zia said that the PHF would hold a tournament in recognition of late Atif’s valuable services for Pakistan hockey.