LAHORE: Pakistan Hockey Federation expressing its concern has protested to International Hockey Federation (FIH) on the elimination of champion’s trophy Hockey tournament incepted by Pakistan.
“In light of the recent decision of FIH, it is a matter of immense disappointment and dismay for Pakistan Hockey Federation to learn that FIH has decided to eliminate the ever exciting Champions Trophy from its yearly calendar all of a sudden without any prior consultation with PHF whatsoever”, said a spokesman of PHF here on Wednesday.
PHF introduced the Champion’s Trophy to the FIH in 1979 and since then, the tournament had been set for 35 times out of which Pakistan had won the title thrice.
World’s top six hockey teams come together annually to face off against each other for the title.
“However, Pakistan being the originator of the tournament has always remained vigilant and supportive for the best interest of our national game and its audience and such decisions result in dissuasion of Hockey governing bodies for taking constructive initiatives for the growth and development of hockey”, said the spokesman.