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Pakistan threaten to pull out of hockey WC in India over visas, security

September 22, 2017 13:07 IST

The Pakistan Hockey Federation has threatened to pull out of next year's World Cup in India unless assured of "easy procurement" of visas and "top security" for its players at the event.

Pakistan Hockey Federation president Khalid Khokar claimed to have raised these issues during his recent meetings with FIH president Narinder Batra in Dubai.

The World Cup is scheduled to be held in November-December next year.

A Pakistan and India player battle for possession during a match in the World Hokcey League

IMAGE: A Pakistan and India player battle for possession during a match in the World Hockey League. Photograph: FIH

"We had a very good meeting as we conveyed all our concerns to Batra and other FIH member boards. I have made it clear to them that we want assurances from FIH that we will face no problems with procurement of visa and will be given top security during the event," Khokar said.

"I made it clear that if we face similar problems that our junior team faced in getting visas than we will not send our team to India," he added.

He claimed that the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had refused to issue visas for the national junior team despite the PHF applying on time for the Junior World Cup earlier this year.

"Eventually our team couldn't go to India and that put our hockey back quite a lot. But this time we have told the FIH President we want complete assurances and security for the World Cup in India," he said.

Khokar said that he has spoken to Batra about the launch of a Pakistan Hockey League.

"We also spoke to Batra and other FIH members about our plans to launch the Pakistan Hockey League and sought assurances from them that foreign players will be available for the league.

"We don't want a situation where we invest a lot of money in the league and than find out other countries are reluctant to send their players to Pakistan or the FIH is not supporting our league," added Khokar.

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