In the 1986 World Cup, when Pakistan’s hockey team took 11th position in 12 teams, a major newspaper of the country made headline: ‘The funeral of Pakistani hockey has risen.’
Since the Pakistani hockey team was at its peak at the time, this defeat was a huge shock to all, with severe public reaction.
But now such defeat is no big news. Everyone is now accustomed to hearing such news.
One such news is the Pakistani hockey team’s failure to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, for which it had to play two matches against the Netherlands, which could have been won and reached Tokyo.
But after playing the first match four, four, they suffered a six goal defeat in the second match.
This is the second consecutive Olympics in which the Pakistani hockey team has failed to qualify.
Tokyo Olympics qualifying matches
The Pakistani hockey team was not included in the qualifying round of the Tokyo Olympics because of its previous performance.
He actually had to play pro league. But the Pakistan Hockey Federation allegedly failed to send a team to the league due to financial difficulties, which the International Hockey Federation imposed on the Pakistan Hockey Federation.
After paying its first installment, the International Hockey Federation allowed Pakistan to play two matches in the Olympic qualifying stage, but Korra came in the name of Holland, which is currently ranked third in the world rankings while Pakistan is ranked 17th in the world rankings. ۔
India is fifth in the world hockey rankings and Australia is number one.
When did the fall of Pakistani hockey begin?
Pakistan last won the Olympics title in 1984 and in 1994 it was last awarded the title of world champion.
However, his performance gradually declined after that, but in the last few years his performance reached a level that no one expected.
In the 2010 World Cup in India, Pakistan’s hockey team took the last position among the 12 teams with the worst performance of their history.
The Pakistani hockey team came in seventh at the 2012 London Olympics.
In August 2013, the Pakistani team lost the Asia Cup semi-final against Korea, for the first time in their history, they had to miss the 2014 World Cup.
In the 2015 Olympics qualifying tournament in Belgium in July 2015, Pakistan suffered a shock defeat by Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
It was the first time that Pakistan had dropped out of the Olympics in hockey.
In 2018, the Pakistani hockey team came in seventh out of 10 teams in the Commonwealth Games. In the Champions Trophy, the team had a chance to participate due to the wild card, but was able to win the last position in six teams while in the World Cup held in India, they came in 12th position in 16 teams.
Hockey Federation Official Musical Chair
Like the Pakistan Cricket Board, the appointment of the President of Pakistan Hockey Federation is also in line with the government’s wishes.
That is why the Federation has been in the hands of the favorite people of the government. Although most former Olympians have been seen in the Pakistan Hockey Federation, their political affiliations have brought them to these positions.
The present Pakistan Hockey Federation has received a grant of Rs 68 crore. Earlier, those running the federation received a total grant of more than one billion in the PPP and PML-N periods.
But unfortunately, no practical steps have been taken to improve the hockey structure in the country by international standards.
There have been high claims made by academics across the country for coaching and coaching programs, but the opposite is true.
It is also important to note that Federation officials, who do not receive grants at all times and cry for expenses, do not hesitate to visit overseas. In fact, a large number of officials are seen on these foreign visits.