Pakistan is all set to host a major hockey event after more than a decade’s gap as International Hockey Federation (FIH) approves Lahore as the venue to host the Six-Nation Hockey Junior Series Open.
The event will be held from 22nd to 30th September. FIH has planned to hold a number of tournaments for emerging countries to provide them with a chance to groom their teams for higher grade hockey. As many as 10 centers will host the series and Pakistan is one of them.
The last major event hosted by Pakistan was the Champions Trophy in 2004.
According to the Director of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Naveed Alam, the event was scheduled to take place in Rawalpindi but the FIH has approved a shift from Rawalpindi to Lahore.
“Hockey teams of Oman, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Qatar will be seen in action here at Lahore’s National Hockey Stadium from September 22 to 30,” said Naveed. “We are trying to schedule some matches for the foreign teams with the Pakistan junior team so that they can have some competitive experience,” he added.
PHF has formed a Local Organising Committee, which is headed by the PHF secretary and comprises of hockey Olympians as well as members of the Punjab Sports Board, the Punjab provincial government and security agencies.