The Pakistan Hockey Federation
(PHF) is the national governing body for field hockey
. It is affiliated to the International Hockey Federation
The current PHF president is Qasim Zia
Hockey was originally brought to Pakistan under British rule
, and like cricket
soon became popular with the local population.
The Pakistan Hockey Federation came into being in 1948
, following the independence and partition
into Pakistan and India
. Prior to this players from what is now Pakistan had competed internationally alongside players from what is now India. In the beginning, the Federation's membership included the Provincial Hockey/Sports Associations of West Punjab
, East Bengal
Sports Board. Pakistan played their first international in London when they defeated Belgium 2-1 in 14th Olympic Games hockey tournament on 2 August 1948.
The first President of PHF was Raja Ghazanfar Ali Khan
with Baseer Ali Sheikh
as Honorary Secretary. The Pakistan national side soon established a strong reputation in international competition, helping to mainatin interest in the game in Pakistan which assisted the growth of the Federation. However, no full-time central office or secretariat, as such, was established until the 1960s.
The office of the Pakistan Hockey Federation, located in Gaddafi Cricket Stadium
, was developed into a Secretariat in 1971. It was during the second term as president of Air......