Lahore, Pakistan: A Coaching and Umpiring seminar was held during the Afzal Manna International Tournament, that attracted audiences from Nepal, Sri Lanka, and all over Pakistan. There was a total of 30 participants in the seminar, which was conducted by FIH coach and course conductor as well as the Pakistan former Olympian, Tahir Zaman. FIH Umpires Manager Rashid Butt and FIH Coach Educator Zahid Ali were also present to oversee and conduct the entire course under Zaman’s guidance.
The FIH Coach Educator Zahid Ali was happy with the level of interest that was shown at the seminar. He had the following words to share while facilitating at the seminar in Lahore, “This seminar has become a regional one where we have International participants attending as well as several participants from within Pakistan. I am especially pleased to see the level of learning that Nepal has taken out of this seminar. In my opinion, this should give them a good boost while going into the Hockey Series Open [in Lahore].”
A training session was also held for the Men’s and Women’s teams of Nepal. Primarily coordinated by the Asian Hockey Federation in Pakistan, the event proved to be an incredibly fruitful one and was a huge success. One of the aims of such seminars is to bridge the gap between different sporting nations for the further development of the sport of hockey, and the Lahore seminar seemed to perfectly fit the AHF objective. A total of 25 men and 25 women participants were part of the initiative, which was assisted by the Pakistan Hockey Federation. The seminar was conducted under the AHF’s umbrella of the series of Development Projects taking place throughout the continent of Asia.