ISLAMABAD - Pakistan hockey team would not be able to participate in the all-important Olympic qualifiers if the bai-lout package is not released by the mid February.

Pakistan Hockey Federation secretary Olympian Rana Mujahid expressed these views during Pakistan hockey teams visit to National Press Club on Friday. Rana was accompanied by Olympian Asif Bajwa, Anjum Saeed Abu Zarr, Tauseeq Ahmed, M Amjed, Arsalan Qadir, Dilbar Hussain and other office bearers of the federation. NPC president Shahryar Khan, secretary Tariq Chaudhry, finance secretary Waqar Satti, Sports Committee chairman Mohsin Ali, secretary Afzal Javed, Nasir Abbas Naqvi along with others were also present on the occasion.

While speaking at the occasion NPC president Shahryar urged Prime Minister to safe the national game from completely wiping out from the country and have some mercy on national game and release the grant before it's too late. “Government must cut its expenditures as meager Rs 3.5 million annual grant from Pakistan Sports Board is not enough to win medals. It is the right of the players to be given due recognition. They have won the hearts and minds of the masses and now in return they should be given their due status and hefty incentives. If national game suffer and God forbids green shirts fail to appear in Olympic qualifiers, then no one else but PM would be directly responsible for the debacle.”

While sharing his views former PHF secretary Olympian Asif Bajwa described hockey is the one and only sports, which had won 67 medals alone for Pakistan. “It is a world record as no other country had managed to do so in one single sports. I don't know why PM is not ready to listen to the genuine demands of the players and federation. It is very important to settle the issue once n for all. PM should invite team and officials and conduct a clear the air meeting.”

Asif said for the last six months the summary of special grant lies on the table of the PM but for one or another reason it is sent back with objection and now after removing all the objections it's almost three months the summary is waiting for approval but PM yet to sign. “Let me tell one thing very clear to all. If Pakistan Hockey team fails to appear in Olympic qualifiers, then not a single Pakistani team or player would have the chance of appearing in the 2016 Olympics directly. Only wild cards would be issued to few certain athletes but hockey would not even considered for wild card. The governments had made a habit of destroying every institution which had the word national in it whether it is national game, national airline or any other given national institution. It is my humble request to PM, who is also the patron of the PHF to help Pakistan hockey or else give directives the game should be abolished once and for all.”

While sharing his views secretary PHF Olympian Rana Mujahid said: “I am grateful to NPC for inviting hockey team and gave us an opportunity to unearth biter realities and tell the exact story to the entire nation. Only last year we had to miss four international events and we had to pay heavy penalty for failing to fulfill commitment as we paid Rs 1.2 million in panlaties. We are only demanding Rs 500 million from government, which is no big deal for the government. But if the grant is not released by the mid of next month all our efforts would be vanished and Pakistan hockey would suffer badly and players had to face the burnt. When asked about exact funds being given to federation in last five years, Rana said federation was given Rs 700 million grant in last 5 years and Auditor General of Pakistan conducted the audit of the federation and gave clean chit as he found no irregularities in funds utilization.

Rana said if international events could be restored in country we didn't need any government help as we could easily generate funds but under present circumstances, when international teams are more than willing to come and play in Pakistan but when we seek security clearance from concerned departments, they are not ready to give clearance and under present scenario we have to whole-solely rely on government funding. He said Pakistan participated in the Champions Trophy just because of generosity of Omer Associates, Governor Sindh and Malik Riaz. “Had they not come forward, we were almost certain to miss Champions Trophy as well. I once again request Prime Minister to help federation and players and order release of special grant as soon as possible. It is my firm belief Pakistan hockey is on right track we have direction and plans to take hockey back to old glory days, but for that purpose we need government support.“