[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here was a time when thinking of hockey ultimately made one to think of Pakistan. Thinking about Hockey without Pakistan was like thinking about football without Brazil.
Times have changed. Our National Game has long been forgotten and serves as a side note to cricket. It’s on us to bring pride back to the game. Here are a few facts for you to refresh your memory of glory past but glory that should not be forgotten.
1: Pakistan won its first medal i.e. silver during the 1956 Olympics in Australia
2: Pakistan hockey team made a premiere in 1948 Olympics finishing a respectable 4th.
3: Pakistan seized its first Olympic gold in Italy 1960 and Hockey was named as the National Sport of Pakistan.
4: Pakistan defeated India in semis in 1968 at Mexico and Australia in the finals.
5: In 1970, Nur Khan, the PHF president at that time recommended the concept of a Hockey World Cup.
6: The Champions Trophy and Asia Cup are also Pakistan’s gifts to Hockey.