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Pakistan Hockey Federation loses hosting of Olympics qualifying round

02:58 PM | 13 Sep, 2023
Pakistan Hockey Federation loses hosting of Olympics qualifying round
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ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Hockey Federal (PHF) has been stripped off the hosting right for the Olympic Qualifier.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has communicated the PHF about the decision, “citing non-cooperation and interference in the affairs of the PHF as the primary reasons for the withdrawal. The FIH has withdrawn [the] hosting rights from Pakistan due to serious concerns”.

“International events necessitate government cooperation and support, provided by Pakistan’s government, the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination, and the Pakistan Sports Board. Organising an event like the Olympic Qualifier without the Government of Pakistan’s support is impossible. Hence, the hosting of the Olympic qualifier event in Pakistan is being withdrawn,” said a PHF press release issued on Tuesday.

“The PHF had secured the hosting rights for the 2024 Olympic Qualifier event on a global scale, marking their return to such a prestigious event since the 1990 World Cup and the 1994 Champions Trophy. The PHF had been diligently preparing for this opportunity. However, it is worth noting that India had voiced significant reservations regarding Pakistan’s role as host of the Olympic qualifier event. Former FIH president Narendra Batra had openly criticised Pakistan’s hosting decision and raised his concerns regarding the state of hockey infrastructure in Lahore.”

Meanwhile, PHF secretary Haider Hussain has expressed regret over the FIH decision, saying all hard work made by the department to get the event has gone in vein.

He told local media that the development would make India happy as it was against the allocation of the event to Pakistan.

He revealed that the last date to deposit the FIH fee for the event was August 31 but the accounts of the department were seized on August 28.


PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 13 April 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency remains largely same against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 13, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 12 April 2024


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