Friday, March 19, 2010

Former Hockey Olympians reiterate demand of removal of Bajwa

Country’s top Hockey Olympians of yesteryears Thursday reiterated their demand of removing Secretary of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Asif Bajwa after Pakistan’s disastrous 12th spot in World Cup in New Delhi (India).
Speaking at Karachi Press Club (KPC) Meet- the- Press Programme held under the aegis of its Sports Committee, former Olympians including Akhtar-ul-Islam, Islahuddin Siddiqui, Samiullah Khan, Shehnaz Shaikh, Rasheed-ul-Hasan, Ayaz Mahmood, Shehbaz Ahmed held messrs Bajwa and his close associates responsible for debacle in global competition.
“We gave Bajwa free hand since his coming from back door after ousting Khalid Mahmood and it time him to resign and go home in the larger interest of the game,” Islahuddin told a questioner. Former Olympians Moinuddin, Qamar Ibrahim, Saeed Khan, Mansoor Ahmed, Kamran Ashraf and large number international players were also attended the programme. KPC Sports Secretary Syed Khalid Mahmood conducted the programme and President Imtiaz Faran and Secretary A.H.Khanzada also spoke on the occasion and expressed their dismay over the poor hockey scenario in the country.
Former winger Samiullah titled “Flying Horse” for his speed alleged that Asif Bajwa was indulging all kind power game which brought his down fall. “He (Bajwa) should take lessons from his mistakes and honorable go home,” Sami said. All the Olympians said they are not interested in offices in PHF but working to revive hockey and put it back on track.
They categorically denied any person agenda. “We want betterment of hockey and our agenda is to serve the country by working,” Shehnaz Shaikh. Shehnaz Shaikh huge chunk of money was spent on the preparations of the team and demanded its complete audit and detail accounts. Former Pakistan Manager/coach Shehnaz Shaikh said Pakistan hockey was destroyed from year 2000 and Bajwa and company put it lowest ebb in history because of defence approach.

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