Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh said Sports Board Punjab is going to organize a top level Academies Hockey Championship for the promotion of hockey among the young generation of the province in near future; he said this while talking to the media as a chief guest at an Independence Day male and female 5-a-side floodlight exhibition hockey event organized at International Gojra Hockey Stadium here on Monday.
Director Sports Hafeez Bhatti, Assistant Commissioner Gojra Sumera Ambreen, District Sports Officer Toba Tek Singh Ch M Jameel, coach Khawar Javed and other officials were also present on this occasion. Hockey coach Khawar Javed was the organizing secretary of the event.
Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh also cut a cake to celebrate the Independence Day of the country in the presence of large number of young male and female hockey players and officials.
Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh was warmly received by the organizers of the event. He was also introduced to all the players and officials of participating teams on this occasion. Later, he distributed prizes among the top performers of the exhibition hockey matches.
The matches of Independence Day male and female 5-a-side floodlight hockey event were played between AC XI and DC XI. In the female match, AC XI defeated DC XI by 4-1 while AC XI outplayed DC XI by a huge margin of 5-2 in male hockey match.
Talking to the media, Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh said the Academies Hockey Championship will play a key role in further popularizing game of hockey in the far-flung areas of the province. He announced that Sports Board Punjab will provide all necessary facilities at Gojra Hockey Stadium for the growth of Pakistan’s national game. “We will provide all missing facilities to talented youth of Gojra besides installing a scoreboard at Gojra Hockey Stadium”.
Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh said: “Gojra is blessed with immense hockey talent and Sports Board Punjab is making effective efforts to nurture this talent so that young players of Gojra can represent national hockey team in future and play their due role for the revival of hockey in the country”.