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Pakistan Hockey Federation pays first installment of FIH's penalty.

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has submitted the first installment of fifteen thousand dollars to International Hockey Federation (FIH) as fine for not sending the national team for the Pro League matches in Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

The FIH imposed a fine of 170,000 euros on Pakistan for failing to honour the Pro Hockey League commitment which was later reduced to 45,000 dollars and allowed to be paid in installments.

'I told the FIH members that when we don't have funds to send the team for the Pro League, how could we pay such a huge fine? I tried to convince the FIH members that they need to understand the crisis Pakistan hockey is going through and they should be at least giving us support instead of imposing any fines,' PHF secretary general Shahbaz Ahmed said when the fine was imposed.

The PHF has to pay the full fine by December 2019.

The PHF is facing troubles since the World Cup in India last December where the team finished in the 11th position, the government also refused to release any more funds for the game.

The federation was also forced to suspend National Hockey Championship in Karachi which was scheduled to start from April 20 for the financial crisis.

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Publication:Regional Times (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 17, 2019
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