Pakistan hockey team’s head coach Khawaja Junaid has said that his players are eagerly waiting for the resumption of hockey activities in the country.

Since the FIH has granted permission to resume hockey activities around the world, with instructions to strictly follow the SOPs, our players are also eagerly waiting for the PHF’s green light to resume activities in the country,” Junaid said.

The PHF is planning to organise training camps for senior and junior players in smaller groups of 5 to 8 players. The federation has also announced that it will hold a five-a-side domestic tournament in July.

Khawaja Junaid also said that restoration of departmental teams is mandatory and without that hockey cannot survive in the country.

“We cannot compare with the system of European countries, about 40 departments in India are connected with sports, funds are needed to run hockey clubs. There is no money to coach the Pakistan hockey team here.”

Earlier last week, The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) announced that it has closed its headquarters in Lahore and Karachi due to the increase in coronavirus cases.

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