National Hockey Championship to start in Lahore today

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LAHORE (Daily Dunya) – National Hockey Championship will start from today (Friday) at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore.

A total of 13 teams are participating in the event that will be divided into four polls.

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Director Development and Domestic Naveed Alam revealed that a 70-member technical committee has been formed for the arrangements of the tournament while talks are in progress for the sponsorship for the event.

He assured to not compromise on the discipline during the championship and announced to take stern action against the violators.

TThe PHF official revealed that there will be two league rounds of the event followed by the semi-finals and final.

Pool A: PIA, Navy, Railways

Pool B: Wapda, SSGC, HEC

Pool C: NBP, Port Qasim, Police and PTV

Pool D: Army, SNGPL, PAF

The top two teams from each poll would be promoted to next round to compete for super 8 clash.

The semi-finals of the event would be played on January 3 while final would be held on January 4.

The PHF Director Domestic said that there would be a separate championship for the regional teams after a few weeks.

Naveed said: “When the regional teams compete with the departmental sides, often one sided results are seen with the regional sides suffering big defeats.”

The regional championships will see divisional sides rather than the provincial teams, he said. “Hopefully, around 30 divisional sides will be in the fray. Hence, a lot of new talent would be on display at the regional championships,” he added.

A panel of 65 umpires and technical officials for the championships has also been named.

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