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Pakistan hockey inquiry committee submits report without asking any questions

The three-member committee headed by Olympian, Kaleemullah, waited for three days for the officials and captain of the team to show up before it, but none of them came for various reasons.

Kartik Mehindru Edited By: Kartik Mehindru New Delhi Published on: July 04, 2022 19:05 IST
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Highlights

  • The committee waited for 3 days for the officials and captain of the team to show up.
  • Head coach Siegfried Aikman is yet to get a visa to return to Pakistan.

In a bizarre and shocking turn of events, an inquiry committee formed after Pakistan's dismal show at the Asia Cup submitted its report without questioning any official or player involved.

The three-member committee headed by Olympian, Kaleemullah, waited for three days for the officials and captain of the team to show up before it, but none of them came for various reasons.

What Were The Reasons Given?

According to a source, Khawaja Junaid, who was the manager of the team in the Asia Cup, resigned from his post a few days back and excused himself. 

Head coach Siegfried Aikman is yet to get a visa to return to Pakistan. After the tournament in Malaysia, Aikman had gone home for a short vacation. Pakistan captain Umar Buta also excused himself because of some family issues.

The Result

This left the inquiry committee, which also includes Olympian Nasir Ali and hockey administrator Zahir Shah, to prepare its report based on match videos, media reports and feedback from the head coach.

The source said that the committee, which has submitted its report to the Pakistan Hockey Federation held manager Junaid and other team officials responsible for the poor performance.

The Background

Since the Asia Cup things have only gotten worse in Pakistan hockey with senior players threatening to leave the game because of financial issues.  Pakistan finished fifth in the competition and failed to qualify for next year's World Cup, leading to the formation of the committee.

(Inputs PTI)

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