PHF’s Associate Secretary, Ayaz Mahmood presented a breakup of the expenditure for the FIH Pro League at a press conference held at the National Hockey Stadium, Lahore.
“The present set up of the federation has been functioning for the last three and a half year. During this period, the PHF received a total government grant of Rs 54 crore and 20 lac: 32 crore from the federal government, 22 crore from the Sind government and 20 lac from the CM Punjab.” Ayaz Mahmood said.
‘Presently, we only have Rs 1.75 crore in the kitty. For our first Pro League assignment in Argentina, almost 3 crore is required. For the entire Pro League, Rs 10-12 crore is needed.”
“Mere participation would give Pakistan a large number of FIH ranking points. Canada (10th) and Ireland (11th) in the FIH rankings are not part of the Pro League. Our presence in the Pro League should enable Pakistan (12th) to easily go past these countries in the FIH rankings which will increase our chances to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.”. Ayaz Mahmood added.
In the case of non-participation, FIH could impose a ban on Pakistan’s participation in the international events apart from inflicting a fine.