Pakistan’s Rehan Butt named Asia’s best hockey player

December 20th, 2008 - 8:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Dec 20 (IANS) Pakistan’s experienced striker Rehan Butt has been named Asia’s hockey player of the year, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) announced here Saturday.Butt, a former national captain, was picked ahead of leading players from India, South Korea and Malaysia. The Lahore-based forward was also recently selected in an All-Star World XI that was picked by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

PHF secretary Asif Bajwa received the award on Butt’s behalf at a ceremony Saturday on the sidelines of the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Congress in Kuala Lumpur. Besides Bajwa, PHF president Qasim Zia also attended the Congress.

Pakistan hockey legend M.H. Atif, who passed away earlier this month, was awarded a Life Time Achievement Award by the AHF.

The Pakistani officials earlier met with hockey officials of India, China, Malaysia, South Korea, Bangladesh and Oman and they assured full support to the PHF.

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