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FHockey: Pakistan name new coaches in search of lost glory

Pakistan named new coaches for their senior and junior hockey teams Wednesday as they try to drag themselves out of a slump and revive past glories. Pakistan failed to qualify for the World Cup to be held in the Netherlands in June -- the first time they have ever missed the tournament, which they have won four times. Pakistan have also won three Olympic gold medals but slumped to seventh position in the 2012 London Olympics. They were 12th and last in the 2010 World Cup in India.

Field hockey: Pakistan's coach resigns over failures

Pakistan's field hockey head coach Akhtar Rasool resigned from his post Tuesday after the national team failed to qualify for next year's World Cup. Pakistan, once considered an Asian giant in the sport with four world titles and three Olympic golds, failed to achieve victory in the Asia Cup in Malaysia earlier this month -- an event which they needed to win to qualify for the World Cup in the Netherlands. Pakistan also failed to finish among the top three in the World Hockey League in Malaysia in July, which could have earned them a direct berth in the World Cup.

FHockey: Pakistan out of Commonwealth Games Hockey

Pakistan were Tuesday eliminated from the field hockey event at next year's Commonwealth Games after failing to enter the event by the deadline due to an internal sporting dispute. Pakistan have won four world titles and three Olympic golds in field hockey. But the latest setback is part of a sequence of disasters the national sport has suffered. It comes barely a month after the national team failed to qualify for next year's World Cup.

FHockey: Pakistan official resigns over World Cup failure

A top Pakistan hockey official resigned on Wednesday after the team's failure to qualify for the World Cup sparked protests from former players and fans angry over a spectacular decline in the national game. Pakistan, a four-time world champion and three-time Olympic gold medallist, failed to win the Asia Cup earlier this month, a victory they needed in order to qualify for next year's World Cup in the Netherlands.

FHockey: Pakistanis threaten protest over hockey slump

Retired Pakistani stars on Tuesday threatened to burn their medals and protest publicly unless the government steps in to reverse a spectacular decline in the national game, field hockey. Pakistan, four-times world champions with three Olympic golds, failed to win the Asia Cup earlier this month and so failed to qualify for next year's World Cup to be held in The Netherlands. The failure sparked a nation-wide protest by fans and a group of Olympians demanded that the prime minister remove incumbent officials at the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF).

Field hockey: Pakistan sack coach after league flop

Pakistan sacked their hockey coach Monday over the national team's poor finish in the World Hockey League, which raised fears they will not qualify for next year's World Cup. Hanif Khan, a gold medallist from the 1984 Olympics, served as coach during this month's League in Malaysia where Pakistan dropped to seventh after topping the group phase. "We have replaced Khan with Tahir Zaman, our consultant, as coach while Akhtar Rasool will remain the head coach and manager," Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Asif Bajwa told reporters.

Field hockey: Struggling India axes coach Nobbs

India's field hockey chiefs on Tuesday sacked national coach Michael Nobbs due to the team's poor performances, making the Australian the fourth foreign coach to be axed in the past decade. "Nobbs will not be working with the national team," Hockey India secretary-general Narinder Batra told reporters in New Delhi. "We have informed the Sports Authority of India about it. "It was felt that Nobbs was unable to improve the team's performance or produce the desired results."

Field hockey: Struggling India axes coach Nobbs

India's field hockey chiefs on Tuesday sacked national coach Michael Nobbs due to the team's poor performances, making the Australian the fourth foreign coach to be axed in the past decade. "Nobbs will not be working with the national team," Hockey India secretary-general Narinder Batra told reporters in New Delhi. "We have informed the Sports Authority of India about it. "It was felt that Nobbs was unable to improve the team's performance or produce the desired results."

Pakistan placed with Malaysia in Asia Cup pool

The green shirts will face tough resistance from rising Malaysian hockey team as the two outfits have been placed in Pool A along with minnows Japan and Chinese Taipei in the 9th Men’s Asia Cup Hockey Tournament, which will run from August 24 to September 1 this year in Ipoh, Malaysia.Although Pakistan is the top ranked Asian team at No 5 but recently it showed below par performance in six nation Azlan Shah Cup also held in Ipoh last month.

Team returning with Asian Cup title receives warm welcome

Pakistan U16 hockey team, who returned from a successful campaign in Singapore where they clinched U16 Hockey Asia Cup title, received warm welcome at Allama Iqbal Airport in Lahore on Tuesday.“It was a new format and was not at all easy for the boys to perform in the new conditions,” manager and head coach Tahir Zaman told reporters at the airport.“The boys had been working hard during the preparations for the event and during the tournament they performed impressively and therefore they deserved the title,” he said.“The five aside is a new format and therefore it pos
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