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    How to change the national game?

    Hockey is Pakistan's national game but it does not have to be. In fact it has no basis to be a national sport because
    1. It is not the most popular sport
    2. Pak is not good at it
    With prevailing power crisis, it is not possible to make a video or computer game national game of the country, however the new government should take some real steps to make cricket or at least it's T20 format as the national game of the country. Before that, there needs to be a complete transparency of the process and role of legislator as well as judicial branch of the government. I feel national assembly should be able to pass a bill declaring some form of cricket as new national sport. It is time to show the world how real nations take real steps in times of trouble.

    #2
    Re: How to change the national game?

    I thought Hockey was made "national" sports to promote it instead of making a sports which is already widely played, no?

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      #3
      Re: How to change the national game?

      You cannot just declare 'some form of cricket' as your national sport. It has to be either Cricket or Hockey

      We need to pump more money into hockey if we are serious about raising the standards. The Hockey federation also needs to be independent and free of any political/government interference (wishful thinking surely!!!) It needs to be run professionally

      Compared to our national cricketers, national hockey players earn a pittance. So it is no surprise that most of the players come from very humble and under-privileged backgrounds as they have really nothing to lose. Youngsters from comfortable or well- to-do families are unlikely to take up hockey as a profession as there is neither money nor recognition in it.
      Last edited by GoldenAsif; Sep 1, 2013, 05:18 AM.

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        #4
        Re: How to change the national game?

        Gupshup should be our national sport.

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          #5
          Re: How to change the national game?

          Originally posted by GoldenAsif View Post
          Gupshup should be our national sport.
          That or Monopoly. Pakistani majority public and politicians are good at both. Never losing; always reinventing.

          As for OP: Hockey is not given enough support at the national level. If it's treated like National Support, then I believe more people would be interested in it. It needs funding, publicity, and more public awareness.
          Boycott Indian economy. Buy Pakistani!

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            #6
            Re: How to change the national game?

            I believe it will be very difficult for pakistan to reach to the highs of hockey as in the past. The game is changed now and become very costly compare to cricket after the induction of austro turf. Our raw talent cannot be converted into a worldclass player any more

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              #7
              Re: How to change the national game?

              Exactly it is the sport for rich nations only.

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                #8
                Re: How to change the national game?

                in a few years time, if the situation remains same i believe we will have a thread here to change the national game from cricket to some other game.
                “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." Albert Einstein

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                  #9
                  Re: How to change the national game?

                  during the early years of Pakistan's history ..well upto the mid 80's ... Pakistan simply exploded to the top in everything...

                  be that Sports ,Hockey , Cricket , Squash , Atheletics , Gymnastics , Boxing , Rowing , Kabbadi ... ..except perhaps Football ... we were either at the top or near the Top ... especially Hockey , Cricket , and Squash ....

                  Hockey till the 80's was played in every nook and corner of the country , since 1956 when we won the Silver in Australia and then Gold in Rome in 1960 .
                  I myself played hockey in the streets of Nazimabad , then in the ground that were used to play all sort of games ....it was a craze .... People just don't have any idea now , how popular and kinda " awami " hockey was .... Cricket came to colors first when Hanif , Fazal and Imtaiz were stealing the show....the it dipped ....during Burki well upto early 70's ....it rose again ...when Frist Asif Masood , then Sarfraz Nawaz and then later on Imran Khan emerged on the scene ...I remember well ... emulating them ....in the streets....then during the Aus tour trying to be Lillie and Thompson ....and strangely ended up ... emulating Wasim Bari , Alan Knott or Rodney Marsh ...
                  ..but ... hockey ...that was well ahead of cricket in popularity then ... till the late 80's , there was not a single title , which we did not had ....Olympic, World Cup, Champions trophy , Asian Cup , Azlan Shah , Common Wealth , SARC...we were number 1 ...not even 2 ... and that a pretty long stretch of over 25 years...

                  ...yes .... After Islahuddin's team ... it was the journey downward...with an occasional hickup win here and there..... so with it ... Hockey lost it charm ... and that why its even being questioned as the national sport...

                  thats my two cent ...two bits... all are welcome to disagree with it .

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                    #10
                    Re: How to change the national game?

                    Originally posted by Moonstar201 View Post
                    I believe it will be very difficult for pakistan to reach to the highs of hockey as in the past. The game is changed now and become very costly compare to cricket after the induction of austro turf. Our raw talent cannot be converted into a worldclass player any more
                    Wrong. When Pakistan was World/Olympic champion, Karachi Hockey Stadium was converted in to Astro Turf in the sixties. Remove politics and nepotism from hockey, Pakistan will again be World/Olympic champion. Pakistanis have natural talent/instinct for this game.

                    Remember two brothers Samiullah and Kalimullah. Sami was known as flying horse who always move ball on left flank to support his brother in the right flank. When these two brothers got the ball, the goal was eminent. Do you also remember Tauqir Dar, the penalty corner expert, who rarely missed goal when he shot the penalty corner. Do you remember Shanaz, Islahudin and Safdar Abbas also known as baby of hockey game.

                    Field hockey is Pakistan's national game. Over the years Pakistan has been destroyed by nepotism, ethnic hatred, corruption, drugs, jehadism, talibanism and list goes on. Please don't destroy the national game which once Pakistan was legendary champion. Leave this game as national game of Pakistan.

                    I will be blunt here, OP is misguiding the young generation here. Read the glory enjoyed by hockey in Pakistan and not even in distant past.

                    http://www.defence.pk/forums/members...-pakistan.html


                    Glorious Past of Pak-Hockey -- Records Held by Pakistan

                    Pakistan are the true inheritors of the Golden Legacy of sub-continent Hockey. They have won numerous World Cup, Olympic, Champions Trophy, Asian Games and Asia Cup championships. Pakistan, who joined the International Hockey Federation in 1948, are the standard bearers of hockey in Asia, and indeed, the world.

                    It took Pakistan 4 Olympic Games (1948, 1952, 1956, 1960) before it finally won the Olympic hockey gold medal. In the 12th minute of the 1960 Rome Olympics hockey final, right-out Noor Alam latched onto a ball from Abdul Hameed and ran down the right-flank. Naseer Bunda took Alam's cross neatly just inside the circle. Prithipal Singh was beaten by Nasir's dribble and Jhaman Lal did not back up. Naseer side-stepped a charging Shankar Lakshman, and flicked past the helpless keeper into the goal. Pakistan won the final 1-0, ending India's 32-year unbeaten streak in the Olympics. That marked the beginning of the end of India's supremacy in world hockey.

                    The goal-scorer and the player who provided the assist are no more alive. Naseer Bunda died on March 20, 1993, while Noor Alam breathed his last on June 30, 2003. Both belonged to Rawalpindi in (West) Punjab province, and both died in their birth cities.

                    Pakistan has won the Classic Triple in hockey - simultaneous holder of the Continental Championship (Asian Games), World Cup and Olympic title. They accomplished this feat twice. In 1971, Pakistan won the World Cup in Barcelona, after having won the 1970 Asian Games title in Bangkok, and the Olympic title in Mexico City in 1968.

                    In 1984, Pakistan once again accomplished the Classic Triple when they beat Germany in the final to win the 1984 Olympic hockey gold at Los Angeles. In 1982, they had won the Asian Games title in New Delhi, as well as the World Cup in Mumbai earlier that year.

                    Pakistan is the only Asian country to win the Champions Trophy - they won in 1978 (Lahore), 1980 (Karachi) and 1994 (Lahore).

                    Pakistan's worst moment in hockey was in 1972, when the entire Pakistan Olympic hockey team was suspended for disorderly and unsporting behaviour during the medal ceremony after the 1972 Munich Olympics hockey final. The ban was revoked in 1974 only after an apology from the highest level, and after the 13 players in the Olympic final had served the ban for two years.

                    Colonel A. I. S. Dara was the father of hockey in Pakistan. He represented India in the 1936 Berlin Games, and captained Pakistan in the 1948 London Games. He toiled hard to broaden the base and improve the quality of hockey in Pakistan. Under the leadership of Colonel Dara, and later Air Marshal Nur Khan, Pakistan conceived and created the World Cup (1971), the Champions Trophy (1978) and the Asia Cup (1982).

                    Brigadier M. H. Atif has played a major role in Pakistan hockey. He represented Pakistan in 4 Olympics (1952-1964), winning one gold (Rome) and two silver medals (Melbourne and Tokyo). Later, under his leadership, Paksitan won the gold at the Olympics in Mexico City (1968) and Los Angeles (1984), and the World Cup in Mumbai (1982).

                    Pakistan has produced many great superstars. There was none to match the skills of the magnificient Shahnaz Sheikh, who had a delightfully deceptive body swerve and a fast stick. Pakistan's attack looked menacing when they had Kaleemullah in the right wing and Samiullah on the left wing. Samiullah was an absolute genius. He delighted with some great runs down the wings and managed some electrifying goals. Sharp-shooting centre-forward Hassan Sardar was a delight to watch, and was adjudged the Player of the Tournament in the 1982 World Cup at Mumbai. Hassan Sardar was the top scorer at the Los Angeles Olympics with 10 goals, and scored the much needed goals in the semi-final and the final.

                    Abdul Rasheed Jr. of Pakistan achieved the unique feat of winning the World Cup both as a player (1971) and as a coach (1994) - the only such instance in World Cup history

                    Pakistan's current hockey superstar is Sohail Abbas, rated as the best penalty corner specialist in the world. In 1999, Sohail scored 62 goals to set a world record of maximum goals in a calendar year. The previous record of 58 goals in a calendar year was held by Dutch penalty corner striker Paul Litjens.

                    Pakistan holds several Asian Games men's hockey records. The highest goals scored by a team in a match is 17 which Pakistan slammed against Bangladesh in the 1978 Bangkok Asiad. The highest goals scored in a tournament is 42 by Pakistan in the 1990 Beijing Asian Games. They conceded only 5 goals during that tournament. The highest individual goal scorer in the Asian Games is Abdul Waheed, who scored 17 goals (including a double hat trick) in the 1962 Jakarta Asiad. Abdul Waheed, with 25 goals, is the also the leading individual scorer across multiple Asian Games. The record for the maximum number of penalty corner goals in a single game is held by Muneer Dar, who scored 5 goals against South Korea in the 1958 Tokyo Asiad.

                    The worst drubbing that Pakistan administered to arch-rivals India was in the 1982 Asiad at New Delhi. With a full house watching, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi included, and in front of a national television audience, Pakistan massacred India 7-1. Kalimullah dazzled on the right wing and Hassan Sardar provided the punch in the middle, as Pakistan shattered India's defences to score goals at will.

                    The first Asian Games hockey title was won by Pakistan (1958 - Tokyo). The first World Cup was won by Pakistan (1971 - Barcelona). The first Junior World Cup was won by Pakistan (1978 - Versailles). The first Champions Trophy was won by Pakistan (1978 - Lahore). The first Asia Cup was won by Pakistan (1982 - Karachi). This streak of winning inaugural hockey tournaments was snapped when Pakistan failed to win the first Commonwealth Games hockey competition in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, where they ended up 5th.

                    Just as India has the monopoly in Olympic Hockey, winning 8 Gold Medals, Pakistan has the monopoly in the World Cup, winning the maximum of 4 titles - 1971 (Barcelona), 1978 (Buenos Aires), 1982 (Mumbai) and 1994 (Sydney).
                    Last edited by Sachaydino; Sep 1, 2013, 09:22 AM.

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                      #11
                      Re: How to change the national game?

                      In 60's and 70's Pakistan was rising as a country and it was evident in sports as well. From 90's Pakistan's decline started and that can be witnessed in sports as well.
                      “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." Albert Einstein

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                        #12
                        Re: How to change the national game?

                        ..just off the Cuff ....something which appears not to be related ...but is ...

                        there was this short story writer ... Ghulam Abbas..... he in 1967 wrote a short story ... " Dhanak "...

                        ..in which a Pakistani named Adam Khan ....instead of Neil Armstrong ...landed on the moon ...first ...making Pakistan the first country to do so....
                        with his landing .... Mullahs .... elsewhere became agitated ....calling his landing on moon , as blasphemy ...arguing the has violated the sacred soil of the moon ...by putting a man's foot on it ....
                        ....agitation starts and .... after a struggle .... the whole country is made an Islamic khilafat ...with an ameer ul momineed ruling it .... ..after Amerul momineen getting choosen ....the question of which Islam rises it head....!! and the result ... is uncannily similiar to what we are witnessing today ...


                        ..Remember this short story was written in 1967 ..... two years earlier then Neal Armstrong who landed on moon in 1969 ......

                        ..Ghulam Abbas 's story is prophetic .... ..just look at the time line .... and how the events turned up .... nearly in the same sequence and with similar results....

                        ....this is just an off the cuff remark.... because i saw an Ad ..accordingly Ajoka Theater was playing this play .... as " hotel moenjodaro "

                        Pakistani Secularism » Hotel Mohenjodaro

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                          #13
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                          ^^^

                          Difficulty in making connection with the above topic. Are you saying that once legendary champions in filed hockey game, and truly representing the national game of Pakistan, will be converted in to "Gulli Dhanda" national game of Pakistan?

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                            #14
                            Re: How to change the national game?

                            ....nope thats what i said... " off the cuff ".... kinda appears unrelated.....

                            ..but yes ...actually Gulli Danda , along with Pithowari or jharbandar are great games... they increase your agility many folds..... unfortunately .... they are or rather were trapped in the Mohallas only ... so could not even make it upto city levels..

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                              #15
                              Re: How to change the national game?

                              Its simple when we were at the top as a nation we were at the top in every field including sports but now as we are declining our sports have declined too

                              Its a sorry state for Hockey........Cant see it reviving now

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