In recent past, Pakistan’s Hockey as it stands today in July 2020, is below their own standards.
For those of you who do not know, the glorious days of Pakistan Hockey, must read this.
Pakistan has been playing Hockey and been member of International hockey federation since 1948.
Hockey, which is known as Field Hockey was first started in 1800s and first hockey club was formed in 1861.
After introduction of Ice Hockey in Canada, and later in US, it became formally known as Field Hockey.
Pakistan Hockey Interesting Facts
Some very interesting facts about Pakistan Hockey are:
- Pakistan has the Record most World cup titles in Hockey which are Four, in 1971, 1978, 1982 and 1994. Therefore, making them the Greatest Team of all times.
- In addition, they won Champions Trophy three times in 1978, 1980 and 1994.
- Pakistan has won the Record most Asian Games title which are Eight times.
- Similarly, they won Three Gold medals at Summer Olympics.
- In addition, Pakistan has the best overall performance in World Cup history in both proportional and absolute terms. They have with 53 victories in 84 matches played, seven time draws, six appearances in the finals and only 24 losses.
- The Hockey World Cup was first conceived by Pakistan’s Air Marshal Nur Khan. He proposed his idea to the FIH through Patrick Rowley, the first editor of World Hockey magazine. Therefore, FIH decided that the inaugural World Cup would be held in October 1971, in Pakistan.
Reference for Most Hockey World Cup Titles can be found on Men FIH Hockey World cup at Wikipedia.
Recap of World Cup Title wins:
- Pakistan won on 24 October 1971 in Spain, Barcelona with 1-0 against Spain.
- They won in April 1978 in Argentina, Buenos Aires against Netherlands with 3-2 in Penalty shoot-out.
- Pakistan won 3rd World cup title in Bombay, India on 12th January, 1982. Winning against West Germany by 3-1 Goals in penalty shoot outs.
- Pakistan won 4th World Cup title on 4th December in Sydney, Australia in 1994. Winning in penalty shoot outs 4-3 against Netherlands.
It is time that Pakistan Hockey must regain its strength through Mighty Blow in 2023 World Cup.
In 80s and 90s, people used to Glue themselves like they do for Cricket. They wonder what happened to our Glory days and Passion for Hockey. There are all sorts of questions at the moment and concerns from Fans.
In addition, Fans want to watch Pakistan Hockey back in the Top 3 with same Passion and Professionalism.
Above all, they still remember Pakistan Countless Hockey Heros.
However, Pakistan Hockey needs to Plan better for the next World cup in 2023. In conclusion, share your thoughts and suggestions below.
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Author: Jawad Abid is multi-talented Business, Technology and Customer Service Professional with two decades of Experience with Large Telecoms, Banks & Outsource Service Providers, Startups and Fortune 500 companies in multiple Roles. He’s passionate about Gaining Knowledge on Technologies, How Technologies enable Businesses to Improve Lives, Sports Geek and Sharing Knowledge in the attempt of giving back to Community. He volunteered to write about Pakistan Hockey in the hope to promote Pakistan Hockey in Pakistan.