Sports news | Pakistan is confident of securing India Junior Ice Hockey World Championship visas after missing the last issue

Karachi, October 5th (PTI) Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) is confident to participate in the FIH Junior World Cup, which runs from November 24th to 5th.

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PHF President Brig (ret.) Khalid Sajjad Khokar said that despite the delay in informing the World Federation (FIH), the association had still managed to send all the necessary documents to the Indian High Commission in good time for the smooth processing of the visas for its contingent.

“We don’t want to repeat what happened the last time at the Junior World Cup in India in 2016. We have now submitted all the documents so that the host country has enough time to issue us the required visas,” he says.

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In 2016, Pakistan was unable to take part in the Junior World Cup after the Indian High Commissioner refused visas due to a delay in applying for travel documents by the PHF.

“This time we have already received NOCs from the Pakistan Sports Board and other relevant ministries and will keep them informed of developments. We also asked them to help us get the visas in time for the tournament, ”said Khokar.

“We are confident that there will be no breakdowns this time around and that our team will have the best possible security for the World Cup,” he said.

Khokar said Pakistan’s participation in the Junior World Cup is very important as international hockey activities have nearly stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues such as lack of funds for the nation.

“We want our team to play in India and gain recognition,” he added.

PHF Secretary Asif Bajwa said the FIH was late in informing her that the deadline for submitting the Indian visa application was September 24th.

“I spoke with the FIH about how it is possible for the PHF to apply for visas for many players and officials at such short notice.

“I also spoke to FIH President Narinder Batra on the phone and he has pledged that FIH will help Pakistan apply for visas,” said Bajwa.

Bajwa said it took at least 60 days to get an Indian visa and on September 28 the PHF sent a list of 25 players and nine officials to both Hockey India and FIH.

Pakistan’s last appearance in India at a hockey event was in 2018 when the senior team competed in the Men’s World Cup.

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