I HAPPENED to watch all the hockey matches of Pakistani team in this Olympics. Well, winning and losing are two sides of a coin. So, expecting perfect performance from any team is out of the question.

Keeping in view the scarce resources and scant training facilities available to the Pakistani players here in Pakistan, one cannot merely blame the team players for a dismal performance.

If you closely observe the players of other teams, it was very much evident that Pakistani players seemed physically more feeble and malnourished as if the team has not been fed with quality food for so long.

No one except the captain seemed physically fit for the match. The physical strength seemed to be lacking in the team. Players of other teams were concentrating on the game whereas our players were busy making sure that each time they run with the ball they can at least reach the circle of the goalpost because of their shortness in breathing due to inadequate physical fitness.

Forget about scoring goals for the moment. Of course, the physical strength gives psychological strength in any game. The Pakistan Hockey Federation, as well as the government, ha to make sure that our players are physically fit and are at least of equal strength to players of other teams.

Or the PHF can hire a good body-building coach and a nutritionist for our team so that at least our team can perform better in the upcoming championships.

FARAZ MAHMOOD Karachi

Updated Aug 11, 2012 12:05am

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Comments (6) (Closed)


Mohsin Bashir
Aug 11, 2012 09:58am
Faraz has given strict reality of Pakistan Hockey team
Ahmed
Aug 11, 2012 03:28am
very well said....now a days u have to prepare all ur athletes like long distance runners. body building and nutrition are two most important ingredients.
Ali
Aug 11, 2012 04:40am
not sure whether to laugh or be sad .. or whether the piece is subtle with cynicism or just plain honest
S. ANWAR ALI SHAH
Aug 11, 2012 08:28am
Following are the reasons why we lost the game a). Not to be Offensive b). Individual game c). Lack of team spirit. d). Unnecessary hue & cry by coach during match. e). Un-healthy attitude of captain towards match referee. f). Lack of Coordination among players g). Physical fitness
S. ANWAR ALI SHAH
Aug 11, 2012 08:56am
Following are the reasons why we lost the game a). Lack of coordination b). Individual play. c). Absence of team spirit. d). Slackness of Forwards e). Confused team
Ishrat salim
Aug 11, 2012 03:25pm
Our players do not need body building coach but physical fitness trainer and of course, nutritionist....n a good overall coach n manager to take all team members along as a family.....