Tokyo Olympics: Pakistan hockey greats hope India’s success can spark revival of sport in their country

The Indian hockey groups’ success on the Tokyo Olympics has given hope and even pleasure to Pakistan, who was among the many powerhouses of the sport in the twentieth century however have suffered an alarming decline in current years. The country’s hockey greats now hope that their neighbours’ revival in fortunes sparks one thing related in their personal yard.

Both the Indian males’s and ladies’s groups have superior to the semifinals to be inside touching distance of medals that might galvanise hockey like by no means earlier than in India. Pakistan, alternatively, did not even qualify for the Olympics for a second successive time.

Celebrated centre ahead Hasan Sardar stated he has been watching the Olympics hockey matches with curiosity after India began doing effectively.

“It is a big success for the Indian hockey structure…It is all about money and unless we don’t invest in hockey and take care of players where will we get the talent from. In Pakistan youth goes towards cricket because they know they have a secure future in hockey that is missing,” he informed PTI.

Hasan, scorer of the successful aim when Pakistan gained the Olympic semi-final in opposition to Australia in 1984 and went onto win the gold, stated it was good to see the Indian workforce combining modern-day techniques with some old style Asian ability units.

“The key to hockey today is fitness and this Indian team looks to be very fit,” he stated.

Praising the performances of the Indian groups, Pakistan Hockey Federation secretary-general Asif Bajwa informed PTI that their success would result in a revival of curiosity in hockey in the area.

“It is not a small achievement that India has qualified for the Olympic semifinals…I say it will lead to a revival of the game in Pakistan because we have always been fierce rivals and people in Pakistan will now want our team to be back at the top as well,” Bajwa stated.

The former Olympian, who featured in the Pakistan workforce that gained a bronze medal in the 1992 Olympics and the 1994 World Cup title, stated India have been reaping the rewards for restructuring their hockey set-up.

“In India the Indian hockey federation has over Rs 1000 crore in their account while their government also funds them…Today, if you want to progress in hockey and remain at the top, a lot of money is required,” Bajwa stated.

He stated there have been a quantity of causes for hockey’s decline in Pakistan, one of which is the shortage of worldwide matches that the nationwide workforce will get. “I don’t want to go into that but to be in the top five teams you have to play at least 25 to 30 international games a year. India is doing more than that and plus they have aligned their structure on modern lines,” he identified.

Samiullah Khan, who was nicknamed “flying horse” for his pace, stated he’s very glad to see Asian groups do effectively in the Olympics.

“Till 1984, Pakistan and India were fierce rivals in the Olympics and did well, but after that, the Europeans started dominating.

“But now it’s good to see India qualify for the semifinals and I hope they can make the ultimate and win a medal,” Samiullah, a former Pakistan captain and coach said.

He said India’s performances would certainly revive interest in the game in Pakistan.

“In Pakistan, hockey has gone down badly as a result of of poor administration and since we did not take note of enhancing our construction through the years. But even now I consider that if steps are taken and cash is invested in the sport we can make a powerful comeback. Hockey is in our blood,” he asserted.

Samiullah, who was a member of two World Cup-winning teams, said India’s success was due to their big pool of talent.

“They are offering incentives to gamers, taking care of them and their choice and administration could be very honest, which is what is required in Pakistan,” he said.

Pakistan women’s team player, Rushna Khan, said it was a remarkable feat by the Indian women’s team to beat Australia and make the semifinals.

“It simply reveals the quantity of curiosity in hockey in India. After this Olympics I’m certain extra younger girls and boys will begin enjoying hockey in India and it’ll solely get higher for them.

“It is just so good to see Indian women doing so well in the Olympics it gives us women athletes in this region hope as well.”

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