LAHORE - The Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) has again requested the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to extend for another month in the already extended deadline so that the green shirts may feature in the hockey event of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.

But this perhaps is the final opportunity for the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to see the light of day, as POA president Lt Gen (retd) Syed Arif Hasan’s letter itself reflects that asking the CGF to show any further flexibility may not be appropriate.

Gen Arif wrote: “I assure you this would go a long way in keeping the interest of the players of hockey in Pakistan supreme and we would be satisfied that we have tried our best and left no stone unturned in this regard. If, in a month, we are unable to do so, you may take any decision as deemed appropriate by you.”

This personal letter was dispatched through electronic mail on August 16, and was addressed to the CGF Chief Executive Officer Mike Hooper. The communication was essential because the previous CGF deadline expired on August 16, and was made exactly on the date after awaiting the PHF’s communication.

Gen Arif, who is also president CGA Pakistan, has requested the CGF to extend the deadline for another month, from the day of the said letter.  To keep the FIH in the loop, the letter has also been copied by the same electronic mail to the world body’s officials CEO Kelly Fairweather and Director of Sport David Luckes.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), in a vain effort to sidestep and further undermine the POA, had tried to directly submit its Letter of Intent to the CGF. The CGF had promptly rebuffed it by asking the PHF secretary to route his communication through the POA; this CGF instruction was not complied – hence the request for another extension of the extension.  “I do not understand as to what comes first for the PHF: the interest of Pakistan hockey, its international image, its future assignments, its players’ professional and personal welfare or aimless petty and personal agendas,” said Gen Arif.