Pakistan Hockey Team Departs for Commonwealth Games in Australia
The Commonwealth Games are set to start on April 5th this year and the Pakistan national hockey team has departed for the tournament in Gold Coast, Australia this past Tuesday. The senior hockey team of Pakistan has won a bronze medal in 2002 and a silver one in 2006 but missed the event last time. However, they are aiming for gold this time to make up for the absence.
The team is under good hands this year, with Roelant Oltmans as team coach who has previously coached the Indian national hockey team as well. The team is in high spirits and feels that the presence of their new coach will help them win big.
Pakistan, who ranks 13th, has been put in pool B alongside 6th ranking India, 7th ranking England, 12th ranking Malaysia and 24th ranking Wales. Pool A consists of the top ranking and hosting team Australia, 9th ranking New Zealand, 11th ranking Canada, 15th ranking South Africa, and 23rd ranking Scotland.
Pakistan will play in their first match against Wales on 5th April, will then face India on the 7th, England on the 8th and then Malaysia on the 11th. The semi-finals will be played on the 13th with the top two teams from both pools and then the medal-winning matches will be held on the 14th.
The team does aspire to aim higher and eventually reach Olympics. Imran Butt who is the goalie for the Pakistani team said “Our aim is to prepare for the Asian Games, however our new coach wants us to perform well in Commonwealth Games too, and wants us to at least give tough time to the top teams.”Disclaimer:We do not allow users to post content which is copyright and We take strict actions against the users who post infringement content on our website.Although we do not host any content, users post embed videos from youtube, facebook, Dailymotion and Vimeo and are moderated before posting but we still take strict action against the copyright videos posted.If you are an official representative of any company whose videos are posted illegally on our website or you think some video infringe the copyright then you can simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org