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PHF to start 5-a-side tournament to revive hockey in Pakistan

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Desperate to revive hockey in the country, Pakistan is planning to start a five-a-side league to attract potential investors, who can bail out the national sport from the financial crisis.

Besides the five-a-side event, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) also has plans to launch its Super League.

“We are working on not only participating and organising 5-a side-hockey leagues but also introducing this format properly at the domestic level,” PHF secretary, Asif Bajwa said.

He said the new format was fast becoming popular in the world and also attracting players, sponsors and broadcasters.

“Pakistan hockey has been going through a financial crunch for the last few years and that has hurt our performances. The suspension of sports activities due to the COVID-19 threat has not helped at all,” said Bajwa, a former Olympian.

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