COAS General Asim Munir lauds Pakistan hockey team

The national side qualified for the final of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after 13 years

By Web Desk
May 17, 2024
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir (left) recieves Pakistan Hockey team at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on May 17, 2024. — ISPR 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir lauded the Pakistan hockey team after their impressive performance in the recently-held Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

Pakistan lost to Japan in a penalty shootout after the match ended 2-2 in regular time. The Men in Green remained unbeaten throughout the tournament as they displayed exceptional skills.

Asim Munir praised the Pakistani team for playing with bravery and as per the statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief made the remarks during a meeting with the Pakistan hockey team at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi today.

“During the interaction, the COAS commended the team for their outstanding performance, stating, the hockey team has brought immense pride to the nation, and we are committed to providing them with comprehensive support to ensure their continued success."

Gen Munir also extended his best wishes to the players for their future endeavours.

The ISPR further said that Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) President Tariq Hussain and other PHF officials were also among the attendees of the meeting.

The PHF chief expressed gratitude to the army chief for the opportunity to meet and interact with the team.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan qualified for the Azlan Shah Cup 2024 final for the first time in 13 years. The national side, however, lost to Japan 4-1 in a penalty shootout after the match ended 2-2 in the normal time. The team won the hearts by their outstanding perforce throughout the tournament.

Earlier, A special ceremony was held in Islamabad in order to felicitate the Pakistan hockey team for qualifying for the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2024 by the Prime Minister Pakistan Shehbaz Shareef.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and entire Pakistan hockey squad also attended the event at the PM House.

Sharif also confirmed that he will soon invite the officials of the PHF in order to have a detailed discussion about the revival of the sport in Pakistan. 

Cheques, worth Rs1 million each, were also distributed among the members of the Pakistan hockey team in a bid to recognise their achievement.