KARACHI: The Pakistan hockey team’s training camp for the qualifying rounds of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will begin in the last week of August in Lahore, “The News learned Tuesday.”
The qualifications will be held in September and October. The Pakistan team has not participated in any international event for approximately nine months. He had to participate in the FIH Pro League in February of this year, but the PHF was unable to send the team due to the financial crisis.
It was also learned that senior PHF officials have directed the new selection committee led by Olympian Manzoor Junior to inform him of the selection criteria and policy to develop the team taking into account future international competitions.
PHF secretary Olympian Asif Bajwa, when contacted, said the national selection committee would be completely independent in the selection process. He made it clear that PHF would not interfere with the selection process, but wanted to know the basic criteria and the selection policy.
He said that PHF was delighted to successfully organize the national championship and enthusiastic participation of national teams. The domestic hockey cycle began through the national hockey championship, he added.
Bajwa said the national championship was the main hockey tournament in the country and that players who did well would be summoned to the training ground.
He added that the training camp would have 32 to 35 players. In addition to the Olympic qualification rounds, the team will also participate in the South Asian Games in Nepal later this year.
Pakistan’s junior team will participate in the Junior Asia Cup 2019. Pakistan’s junior hockey has suffered greatly. The country did not participate in the Junior Hockey World Cup in 2016 in India because the host country did not issue visas on time.