Pakistan hockey chief resigns

Updated: 13 October 2008 12:43 IST

Former Pakistan Prime Minister and president of the country's hockey federation has finally announced his resignation on Monday.

Pakistan hockey chief resigns

Karachi:

Former Pakistan Prime Minister and president of the country's hockey federation has finally announced his resignation on Monday and cited the game's worsening situation behind his decision to quit.

Blaming some former Olympians, internationals and Pakistan Hockey Federation officials for pressurising him to step down, Jamali said he had done everything in his power to serve the game.

"I am leaving my charge out of my own free will. I am satisfied with what I have done to try to revive the sport of hockey. But Pakistan hockey can never improve until people start serving it diligently and with sincerity," he said at a press conference here.

Jamali was under pressure to resign following Pakistan's worst ever performance in the Olympics when they finished eighth in Beijing.

Post-Olympics, the national selectors and coaches stepped down but Jamali continued despite mounting pressure.

When I took charge in 2006 there was only Rs 1.4 million in the federation's account. But now I am leaving behind around Rs 50 million in the kitty. I did my best to improve financial position of the federation," he said, adding, "I have no hard feelings towards former Olympians who chanted slogans against me recently."



Topics : Hockey
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