Radio Pakistan to contribute to revival of hockey: PHF

LAHORE:Radio Pakistan has pledged to play its part in the revival of hockey by joining hand with the Pakistan Hockey Federation as hockey affairs will be a regular feature of its ‘Sports Magazine’ programme.

“It is a very positive step taken by the Radio Pakistan and it will help in the revival of the game,” said a spokesman for the PHF while talking to reporter here on Monday.

He said the PHF officials, members/officials of national teams and former hockey stars will be invited to participate in the Sports magazine programme to give their valuable input on hockey affairs.

Radio Pakistan remained associated with Pakistan hockey in its halcyon days.

Pakistan’s matches all over the world were covered live. and Radio commentators such as late Farooq Mazhar, SM Naqi, Zakir Hussain Syed and Mazahir Bari, were household names.

PTV started live coverage of important hockey tournaments from early 80s. Still, it was Radio Pakistan which reached the most homes in Pakistan. Lately, hockey coverage on radio has declined but same is the case on TV.

Above was part of the discussion in Radio Pakistan’s weekly ‘Sports Magazine’ programme on its FM Channel recently.

Pakistan Hockey Federation’s Media Manager Ijaz Chaudhry was especially invited and it was an interesting 15 minute segment with the veteran sports journalist & broadcaster, Raja Asad Ali Khan.

Among other things, the talk also focused on the reasons of Pakistan hockey’s decline and the efforts to reinvigorate it.

Lately, Pakistan hockey has shown some positive sings. Pakistan team has qualified for the next year’s World Cup, having failed to do so the last time in 2014 and also the last Olympics in 2016.

Recently, 11 foreign players appeared for the teams in the Nishan-i-Haider tournament in Karachi.

A star studded World XI is expected to play matches in different cities in very near future.

Plans are also afoot to start a professional hockey league on the lines of cricket’s PSL.

The PHF has thanked Station Director, Radio Pakistan Lahore, Ms Nazakat Shakila and the senior producer of Radio Pakistan,s FM Channel, Mirza Athar Latif for allocating time to hockey in the ‘Sports Magazine’.