ISLAMABAD - After twice cancellation, the much-anticipated meeting of the Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) probe committee took place under the chair of IPC secretary Ejaz Chaudhry with members Shahbaz Senior, Khawaja Junaid, Col Mudassar Asghar, Dr Aktar Nawaz Ganjera and Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) representative Khaild Mehmood, which continued for almost six hours.

The reliable sources in the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) have confirmed to this scribe that the committee had reached conclusion and would submit its findings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is also patron of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), within next 24 hours. The committee was constituted to probe facts of the debacle of Pakistan hockey team in Belgium in the Olympic qualifying round, the conduct of the PHF, management of this event in particular and managing hockey affairs by this federation in general, finalized its proceedings/recommendations.

The sources revealed that as per expectations, the committee observed countless flaws in preparation of the team for the Belgium event including failure to organise training camps well in time, appropriate selection of players and officials on merit and fitness level of the players and the management of the players during the tournament which resulted in total demoralization of the team resulting in such a shameful debacle. The committee observed that the management of the team, affairs of the federation, selection procedure, both of team and the managers themselves were devoid of systematic and prudent practices.

Accordingly, the committee through the IPC and PSB, recommends to the patron-in-chief to take appropriate action in the larger interest of hockey. In addition, the committee recommends provision of sufficient funds for uplift of hockey under a transparent system for utilization of funds. The committee has requested the PM to assign specific role to corporate sector organization to adopt hockey for sponsorship, further, the experts may be asked to prepare a 10-year action plan to develop the game on modern lines.

It is pertinent to mention here that PHF secretary Rana Mujahid was due in Islamabad, but he remained notable absentee, while president Akhtar Rasool was in Islamabad on Wednesday, but he left for Lahore as the probe committee didn't invite any official in person for the final round before submitting detailed report to the PM house.

The sources rubbished the claims about minus-one formula, as it was not possible for the probe committee to save skin of any person involved in the federation’s affairs. It was further disclosed by the sources that the committee strongly recommended sacking of entire PHF office-bearers, selection committee, coaches. There was free hand and full mandate given to the probe committee, otherwise, it would have not been possible for them to conduct inquiry, as sparing anybody's skin could have raised eyebrows from different sections and entire process could have lost its credibility.

The sources confirmed that now the committee would inform the PM about ways and means how to show door to entire PHF management and ways to give charge to new body. The changes in the PHF would take place in next few days, the sources added.

Meanwhile, lobbing is going on from different quarters to occupy hot slots of PHF president and secretary. After former Prime Minister Mir Zafar Ullah Khan Jamali, another strong candidate for this slot surfaces in shape of former PHF secretary Brig (R) Khalid Khokar, who enjoys a lot of respect among the ruling party and has neat and clean reputation and also his close relation with Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal, which can help him get the top slot while Olympian Shahbaz Senior is quite confident of landing secretary slot. Same is the case with Khawaja Juniad, but the probe committee has recommended not to give any slot to the probe committee members in new set up, while Olympian Naveed Alam is dark horse to land secretary job as he enjoys lot of backing of Mir Zafar Ullah Khan Jamali. In case Jamali backs off from taking over president office, Naveed Alam is highly likely to become new PHF secretary, the sources concluded.