Decision over visits to India Friday: Pakistan sports minister

December 30th, 2008 - 7:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Dec 30 (IANS) Pakistan will take a decision Friday on whether to send its hockey team to India for a quadrangular tournament, the country’s sports minister Aftab Jilani said here Tuesday.Jilani told reporters that representatives of the sports ministry, foreign ministry and the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) will Friday sit together in Islamabad to take a decision over the issue.

Pakistan had confirmed its participation in the double-leg tournament to be played in Chandigarh and Jalandhar in February.

However, after India’s decision to block its cricket team’s tour of Pakistan over last month’s Mumbai terror attack, Pakistan, in retaliation, said it would think again before sending its sports teams to India.

The PHF later sent a request for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the foreign ministry but so far the matter is unresolved.

Pakistan was supposed to join host India, world champions Germany and the Netherlands in the tournament. India is already searching for a team to replace Pakistan.

Jilani said the sports ministry has also forwarded a request for an NOC from the Pakistan Squash federation, which wants to send its youth team for the 2008 Asian Junior Squash Championships to be played in Chennai Jan 16-23.

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