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'Indo-Pak standoff will damage world hockey'

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

The Hockey Federation (PHF) has called on the sport's apex body to take note of India's refusal to play them at the international level, saying it will "damage" world hockey.

The country's hockey fraternity felt that Hockey India's calls for an unconditional apology from PHF over the 2014 Champions Trophy incident is unjustified.


The PHF was taken aback recently when it learnt that was not sending its junior team for a tournament in in October because was among the participating nations.

Hockey officials made it clear that until apologised publicly and unconditionally for the Champions Trophy incident, they would not participate in any event in which is playing.

The PHF also received a setback recently when they were kicked out of the Azlan Shah tournament in

is also among the nations playing in the Azlan Shah event.

Last December Pakistan's junior team was not a part of the World Cup in

"I just hope that the Indian hockey officials see sense and stop this boycott because it will not help international hockey," a top PHF official said.

"is no longer a power house in world hockey and has dropped in rankings, which is why everyone is treating it this way. But they forget the influential role played by in making field hockey a popular sport in the world," he said.

Former captain and Olympian Islahuddin Siddiqui said the Asian hockey federation needed to play a role in ending the stand-off between and

"Hockey is not being fair and they are trying to hurt hockey but in the end it will damage world hockey," he warned.

Shahnaz Sheikh, who was the coach of the team when the incident took place in the Champions Trophy in December, 2014, insisted that had already apologised for their players' behaviour.

"We apologised and our players were penalised so what else do they want us to do," Sheikh, a former Olympian, said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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