Lahore : Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Jahangir Khanzada has said that Pakistan is the most successful national field hockey team in the Hockey World Cup with four Championships.
The green shirts are also one of the most successful national teams in the Asian Games with eight gold medals. Our country has won a total of 29 official international titles to professional and grassroots level selections with three gold medals in the Olympics Games field hockey tournaments.
He expressed these views while addressing a dinner party in the honor of World 11 hockey team today at Royal Palm Country Club Lahore. Jahangir Khanzada extends warm welcome to National world 11 Hockey team on behalf of worthy Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. Members of Pakistan Hockey Federation, national hockey team and other distinguished guests were also present on the occasion .
Minister said that Hockey is our national game and our players have passion and strength to win but unfortunately it was neglected from quite some time because of some unavoidable circumstances. Now PHF and Government of Punjab are taking serious steps for the revival of the game.
In this regard Arrival of international players is a good omen. He remarked that the World XI will be a step forward to bring back international hockey to Pakistan and to organize the Pakistan Hockey League in April next year in a befitting manner.
He also appreciated Sports Board Punjab for providing best infrastructure and sports facilities not only for national and international Players but also for local sports all over the Punjab.
Ministers expressed the best wishes for both teams and said that Lahore is known as a city of open and live hearted people I am sure our guests from different countries will fully enjoy our hospitality and delicious food.