LAHORE, Dec 15 (NNI): Pakistan Hockey Federation has planned historic welcome for the national hockey team at the Wagha border on Tuesday 16th December (today) and made a passionate appeal to the people to receive the boys who brought laurels for the country.
The PHF President Akhtar Rasool Chawdhry, Secretary General Rana Mujahid Ali and a large number of former Olympians would receive the team at the Wagha border. The team will reach at the Wagha border at 11:30 am and would be brought to Lahore in a motorcade procession.
In a statement Rana Mujahid said that Pakistani boys reached the final of the Champions Trophy after a long gap of 16 years which was a great achievement for a team deprived of international hockey because of various reasons. He said though the team lost to Germany in the final yet our boys were real champions who beat Netherlands in the quarterfinal and India in the semifinal on their home ground. He informed that the PHF with the fervent support of people would receive the champions in a befitting manner.
“I invite every Pakistani to reach the Wagha border to give very warm welcome to the national team that won silver medal in the Champions Trophy in India”, urged Rana Mujahid. He hoped that the Lahorites would maintain their cherished tradition and would throng the Wagha border to extend a befitting welcome to thePakistan team.
The PHF secretary general paid rich tribute to the boys and said they performed marvelously in the field amid odd conditions to reach into the final of the Mega Event.
He said standing on the victory stand with their heads high was a great honour for the boys who demonstrated extreme national pride and love in extremely hostile conditions.
“Hoisting of the national flag on the victory stand was a wonderful feat which would go a long way in the progress and development of hockey in Pakistan. Rana thanked the sponsors who came forward to support the financially strapped PHF and revealed that without their support it could have become difficult for the Federation to send the team to participate in the Champions Trophy.
“I am extremely delighted that the boys didn’t disappoint those who invested their money on them. Their splendid performance has infused a new life in the national game which has been given a step motherly treatment. I hope that now more sponsors would join in PHF efforts to strengthen the national game at the grass root level”, he said. NNI