Wednesday, 4 April 2012

India refuses to send hockey team to Pakistan

LAHORE: Yet again the Indian Hockey Authorities have refused to send it’s team to Pakistan – citing security concerns - to take part in a 3-nation hockey tournament scheduled in Lahore.
“The Indian Hockey Federation earlier confirmed their participation however, this new development is disappointing rather painful”, said Asif Bajwa, who is the Secretary of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF)

“They are not satisfied with the security arrangements”, added Bajwa

Addressing to the media in Lahore, Asif Bajwa also announced to postpone the 4-nation hockey tournament which was scheduled from April 7-14 as part of Pakistan’s national team preparations for the London Olympics.

The sporting ties between the neighbouring countries have been tainted since the deadly terrorist attack in the busy Indian city of Mumbai in November 2008. Later the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore further dented the efforts to revive relations.

It is worth mentioning here that the Chinese hockey team visited Pakistan late last year and played a hockey test series in Karachi and Lahore. During the trip the Chinese players and officials were provided with adequate security which was highly appreciated by the visitors.

Also, key Pakistan hockey stars have recently took part in the World Hockey Series (WHS) took place in India.

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