In a heart-warming move, Hockey India (HI) has written to Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) offering help to the cash-strapped body across the border. HI is willing to facilitate Pakistan's participation in the World League Round 3 in Belgium, which is also an Olympic qualification tournament.
The PHF was forced to suspend a camp at Rawalpindi till April 10 because of lack of funds. Pakistan will have to appear in the Olympic qualifying tournament in the Netherlands in June if they want to make it to 2016 Rio Games.
Here's Hockey India's letter sent across to Pakistan:
Dear Mr Rana Mujahid
Pakistan Hockey Federation
I have gone through the attached press news coverage as appeared in the Indian Express newspaper on 4 April 2015.
We can not imagine the Olympics being played and the Indian and Pakistan teams not being a part of the hockey discipline and incase you are unable to raise resources for the training of the team for the World League Round 3 to be played in Belgium, which is also an Olympic Qualification tournament for the the Pakistan team. Even though the issue during the FIH Champions Trophy 2014 is yet to be resolved, but we are still willing to approach Government of India or our sponsors and well wishers to bail out the Pakistan Hockey Federation and our neighbour out of this difficult situation so that we have a healthy competition amongst us in Rio 2016.
We await your feedback
Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad