Pakistan’s football syndrome and Its National Sport “Hockey”

A friend of mine, who was a football fan, once asked me about the performance of a key Portuguese player in last night match…………and my reply was who is he……..well that started a debate why football is a good game and we Pakistanis are illiterate on that…..and my argument was why to watch a game which we don’t actually play……years later, last month, once the Football world cup started…….our youngsters never knew that Hockey champions trophy was also in action

PTV sports also probably forgot that hockey also needs some air time…….and be sufficient given pre match and post match analysis time…………Now that’s where business over rides national interests………it was football every where……Pakistani footballers, who actually never got a chance to play, were analyzing the football matches and the entire youth was listening to them as if it was Pele and the like legends were talking and as if it was our team which was playing in the world cup…………..

I wonder when will we start owning ourselves and get out of the self created illusions…….we have surrendered our space in world hockey just because of lack of interest of our leaders and the led…….why not shall our National sports channels be leading the efforts to promote Hockey……why shall we not be talking of hockey more than any other sports, we are not good at.

Its not by all means to suggest that we stop playing and watching international football matches……..but its about owning our past and present………its about time that we must regain our place in world hockey……our kids must learn hockey in their childhood……photos of hockey players be hanging on their walls…..and they all eyeing to get a national color in hockey……….how best can we achieve that……….the answer lies with the priorities of our sports channels and right allocation of resources by our leaders……..

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