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FIH imposes hefty fine on Pakistan, PHF says it does not have funds to pay it

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

The (FIH) has imposed a hefty fine of 170,000 euros on Hockey Federation for not honouring the commitments but the cash-strapped said it is in no position to pay the penalty.

The confirmed that the this week imposed a fine of 170,000 euros on at the last board meeting of the world body for not sending the national team for the matches in Argentina, and

said Wednesday that he has requested the to reduce the fine and allow it to be paid in instalments.

"I told the members that when didn't have funds to send the team for the Pro League, how could we pay such a huge fine? I tried to convince the FIH members that they need to understand the crisis hockey is going through and they should be at least giving us support instead of imposing any fines," Shahbaz said.

"For the moment, I am relieved FIH didn't ban us but I will continue to lobby to at least allow us pay the fines over instalments," said Shahbaz, a former Olympian and

The FIH, however, has given the PHF time until June 20 to pay the fine or else the penalty would be doubled.

The PHF has been under fire since in last December where the team finished at 11th position with the government also refusing to release any more funds for the game.

Just recently, the PHF was forced to postpone its National Hockey Championship in which was due to begin from April 20 for the same reason.

Shahbaz is a member of the Board which is headed by India's Narinder Batra.

He had resigned after debacle but when his resignation was not accepted by PHF President, (retd) he returned to his post.

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

First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 17:50 IST
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