The Men Hockey team of Pakistan rises in the FIH (International Hockey Federation) rankings after competing in the Paris Olympics Qualifiers against New Zealand. It took place in Muscat, Oman.
The Green Shirts (Pakistan Hockey team) rises to the 15th spot with one step upward in the most recent FIH rankings. The Netherlands is in its first place, followed by Belgium and India. Germany is in fourth place. However, England and Australia are fifth and sixth-ranked, respectively.
However, the Green Shirts failed to secure a slot in the 2024 Paris Olympics. They lost by 3-2 to New Zealand in the third/fourth place match of qualifiers on Jan 21, 2024.
Meanwhile, Pakistani Hockey team Captain Ammad Butt revealed on Jan Jan 22, 2024, that Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) had not paid the players in the last six months.
In an Instagram post, Ammad thanked fans for their support. He highlighted the lack of facilities that players face when pursuing their passion for the game.
He wrote thanks everyone for supporting Pakistan hockey. Unfortunately, they could not qualify for the Olympics. This is heartbreaking for him and his team and the nation as well.
Furthermore, Ammad wrote he wanted to tell that the boys had not been paid in six months. They played without facilities, government help, sponsorship, media coverage, or professional structure. He ended his post by requesting national help since they are eager to accomplish well for their country in the future.
It is significant to note that Pakistan has failed to qualify for the Olympics for the third time in consecutive tournaments. However, the Green team has been a three-time Olympic gold medalist. They did not make it to win in Rio 2016 and Tokyo in 2020, in addition to the Paris Olympics in 2024.
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