Wahab Riaz provides financial assistance to ailing hockey Olympian

Zayed represented Pakistan in hockey from 1987 to 1992

By Web Desk
April 22, 2023
Wahab Riaz (L) and Zayed Sharif (R) - PCB/UrduPoint.com

Wahab Riaz, the sports adviser to the caretaker CM Punjab Mohsin Naqvi, came forward to support ailing Hockey Olympian, Zayed Sharif. 

Zayed has been suffering from multiple diseases which made it difficult for him to survive financially. 

After his interview went viral on social media, Wahab, who became sports adviser last month, took notice and provided financial assistance to the hockey legend. 

"Someone just shared this with me. I feel like it's our responsibility to honour and acknowledge people like Zayed Sharif saab who brought so much pride to the country Pakistan. I hereby announce Rs 35000/- monthly stipend for him," he wrote. 

Zayed represented Pakistan in hockey from 1987 to 1992. In his viral interview, the former hockey player shared how his life went in darkness. 

"I served Pakistan from 1987 to 1992. After I got heart attack and paralysed, I left hockey too early. Since then, my life hasn't been easy," he lamented. 

"There is no support for me. I am working as a security guard and it is very difficult for me to meet ends. There is too much loan on me," said Zayed. 

Wahab, since taking charge as a government official, has remained too active in sports circles. In Ramadan, he successfully hosted first-ever sports series featuring events of badminton, hockey, cricket (tape ball), football, kabaddi, and table tennis.