LAHORE: Pakistan will host the first ever Asian hockey champions Trophy next year
This was stated by President,PHF, Qasim Zia at a news conference here on Wednesday at National Hockey Stadium.
Secretary PHF Muhammad Asif Bajwa and International Hockey Federationís manager coaching development, Tayyab Ikram were also present on the occasion.
Qasim Zia who made his first ever appearance at AHF congress and council meetings held recently in Kuala Lumpur said the Asian Hockey Federation has welcomed the suggestion of the PHF for holding the Asian hockey tournament on the pattern of Champions world hockey tournament which was also introduced by Pakistan way back in 1978.
The PHF Chief said that the allocation of two international tournaments reposed AFH confidence in Pakistan and they are thankful to Asian body for considering them to hold the international events.
He disclosed that Pakistan will have mass representation in all the twelve committees of Asian Hockey Federation mainly due to efforts of Pakistan hockey Federation made at the forum of the Asian Body.
Qasim Zia said it is the first time that AHF has agreed to give representation to Pakistan in its all committees as in the past there was lesser representation in few committees.
He said PHF will unfold its hockey revival programme with the holding of open trials for its all eleven regional academies which will start functioning across the country next month.
He said provincial selection committees have been formed to supervise the trials from January first to seven after which the academies will become functional.
Answering a question,he said he was satisfied with the performance of Pak women team which finished 8th in Asia Jr Cup in Malaysia,out of ten nation competition.