Pakistani hockey coaches submit applications for Indian visa


LAHORE: Pakistani hockey coaches have geared up the preparations to visit India for upcoming Junior Hockey World Cup as they have submitted applications seeking Indian visa. As many as 35 officials of Pakistan Hockey Federation have formally presented their passports among which 26 are players, seven are team management people while federation’s president and secretary have also submitted their documents. However, final decision of participation would be taken after getting green signal from government of Pakistan. Earlier, International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced schedule for 11th Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup, starting from December 8 this year in India. As many as 16 teams will be participating in the event that will last for 11 days. The teams included in Group A are Argentina, Australia, Austria and Korea whereas Pakistan, Holland, Belgium and Egypt have been listed in Group B. Germany, Japan, New Zealand and Spain were placed in Group C while Group D consisted of Canada, England, India and South Africa. The possible players for junior Hockey World Cup are Ali Raza, Muneeb-ur-Rehman, Hafiz Ali Umair, Atif Mushtaq, Hassan Anwar, Mubashar Ali, Zahid Ullah, Abu Bakr Mahmood, Faizan, Junaid Kamal, M Usman, Tazeem-ul-Hassan, M Adnan, Immad Shakeel, Shaan Irshad, Azfar Yaqoob, M Dilbar, M Attiq Arshad, Bilal Qadar, Mohsin Sabir, Rana Sohail, Sami Ullah, M Rizwan, M Naveed, Fahad Ullah Khan and Umar Hamidi.