Pakistan Hockey Team Celebrated at PM House: Each Player Awarded Rs1 Million

Pakistan hockey team honored at PM house Sultan Azlan Shah tournament

The Pakistan hockey team was honored at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad, where they were joined by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Federal Ministers Ahsan Iqbal and Attaullah Tarar, and renowned hockey figures such as Samiullah Khan and Islahuddin Shehbaz. The team, who were runners-up in the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament, received praise and encouragement from the Prime Minister and veteran players.

Recognition was extended to the team’s efforts by Olympian Samiullah, who expressed gratitude for the support and emphasized the importance of continued backing for the team’s progress. Islahuddin highlighted the team’s dedicated preparation leading up to the tournament, dispelling any notions of a sudden rise in their performance.

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Each player was presented with a Rs1 million prize by Prime Minister Shehbaz, who also acknowledged other sports achievers including javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem and rifle shooting qualifiers Kashmala Talat and her team. Usman Khan, participating in equestrian events, was also recognized for his achievements.

During his address, PM Shehbaz praised the team’s spirit and declared them the true winners despite the final result. He pledged support for the revival of hockey in Pakistan through collaborative efforts with sports authorities.

The team’s return to Lahore was marked by a warm reception, reflecting the nation’s appreciation for their efforts. The final, which was decided by a shootout, showcased Japan’s resilience and Pakistan’s competitive spirit, setting the stage for future engagements between these teams.

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