Inframe : Dr. Fehmida Mirza

Pakistan Hockey Federation’s (PHF) Associate Secretary Ayaz Mahmood said on Tuesday that Pakistan’s participation in the FIH’s Pro Hockey League would only be possible if the national federation gets the required funds from the federal government

In response to that request, Inter Provincial Coordination Minister Dr Fehmida Mirza  said that Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) had been given Rs500m during the last five years and yet they keep asking for funds without giving accountability.

“Are they not accountable?” she said.

“ Federations are independent and should also work on generating their own revenues,” the minister said.

In September 2018, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan directed that a special Task Force be set up to  review the performance of all sports bodies, analyse the efficacy and utilization of various funds received from various sources and suggest administrative reforms for promoting sports at national as well as regional level.

Dr Fehmida Mirza also said that the government would decide about the grant only after the Task Force on Sports (TFS) finalises its recommendations.

“First let the task force finalises its recommendations, only then will the ministry take any decision regarding the funding,” Dr Fehmida said.

“We first want to know if their performance justifies the grant they got from the federal government,” the minister said.