Pakistan Heroes Club Lahore won the penalty shootout challenge organized under the Dar hockey academy.
At the grassroots level, under the auspices of Dar Hockey Academy, Lahore, for the development and promotion of the national game of hockey, the first penalty shootout event in the history of hockey in Pakistan was organized. In this unique event of its kind, the participating teams participated in a special section of the Hockey Skills penalty shootout to showcase their skills and abilities.
Dar Hockey Academy Lahore’s four boys and one women’s team besides Sonia Women’s Hockey Academy in the event, Pak Heroes Hockey Club Lahore and Aitchison Campus Boys Team participated. The final of this wonderful and interesting event was played between Dar Hockey Academy and Pak Heroes Hockey Club Lahore. After the scheduled penalty shootouts were equal, Pak Heroes Hockey Club Lahore took the lead on the basis of Sudden Death Penalty Shootout. Azfar Yaqoob International, Hannan Shahid, Salman Razzaq and Goal Keeper Adnan Qurashi from Pak Heroes Hockey Club showed their best hockey skills and their team won while Ajmal Butt, Faisal PK and Janjua from Dar Hockey Academy showed their best. A large number of players and spectators were present at the National Hockey Stadium, Astroturf Ground No. 2 to witness this spectacular and unique event and the attendees kept on cheering for their favorite team.
The special guest of this wonderful and exciting event was 1984 Los Angeles Olympics winner Gold Medalist Olympian Tauqeer Dar, former head coach of the national hockey team. The distinguished guest was introduced to the players and officials before the start of the event and a prize-giving ceremony was held at the end of the event. Special guest Olympian Tauqeer Dar also presented a cash award to Pak Heroes Hockey Club. The audience was pleasantly surprised by the unique event.
Speaking at the end of the event, special guest Olympian Tauqeer Dar said that Dar Hockey Academy has always given priority to the training of the players including their welfare. He termed the holding of such an event as a good initiative. He said that holding skill competitions in such fields in hockey would help the players in their preparation and would raise the standard of the game.