ISLAMABAD: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Sports Board Director General Asfandyar Khattak on Thursday (Saturday) inaugurated the first National Under-16 Hockey Championship at Lala Ayub Stadium in Peshawar. Promised possible cooperation. Making the program a great success.
Talking to The News, Asfandyar said that KP Sports Board has opened its doors for all sports at the grassroots level and the U-16 hockey event is no exception. “Since the KP Hockey Association has excelled in the game, we have decided to do everything possible to make the event a success,” he said. In hockey, the province has made history in the past.
Asfandyar admitted that the lack of a strong pool of players at the grassroots level was the main reason for the decline in hockey quality. He said that the championship would help in highlighting the talents and expanding the base of players in the province. I hope that with the help of Zahir Shah and his team, we will be able to find and compete with the stars of the future for the country.
The DG said that the players selected from the junior events would be further trained. We are also planning an under-16 event in nine other sports disciplines to expand the pool of junior players only.
He added that the two KPK teams were selected after a series of trials over the past few weeks.