Pakistan’s Punjab hockey team will participate in the 36th Surjit Hockey Tournament, slated to be held from 10th -19th October in Jalandhar city of Indian Punjab.
36th IndianOil Surjit Hockey Tournament 2019
Punjab and Sind Bank, Delhi clinched the title for the 11th time by beating Indian Oil via penalty shootout with a 6-3 margin and bagged Rs 5.50 lakh prize money.
Pakistan’s Punjab hockey team participated in the 36th Surjit Hockey Tournament, played in Jalandhar city of Indian Punjab. According to the organisers, the gesture was a peace initiative to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak and the ongoing Kartarpur Corridor proceedings.
The Pakistan Hockey Federation named 22-member team and a coach for participation in the tournament which was held in Jalandhar city of Indian Punjab.
Iqbal Sandhu, general secretary of Surjit Hockey Society, said that the last time a team from Pakistan played in the tournament was four years ago. In fact, in 2013, there was a Pakistani team each in the men’s and women’s sections.
The tournament was played in two phases. Participants include defending champions Punjab Police, runners-up ONGC, Indian Railways, Indian Oil, Army XI, Punjab National Bank, Air India, Indian Air Force, Punjab & Sind Bank, BSF and CRPF.
"The participation of Punjab's team in the tournament was not a new thing as the Association had been sending its outfit for in it in the past also. "We've been sending our team for this event in the past also. In 2015, our team emerged victorious in it," Secretary Punjab Hockey Association, Asif Naz Khokhar said.
He said that a team from India's Punjab had also been visiting Pakistan frequently and playing friendly matches with Punjab Hockey's team there. "We've very cordial relations with the management of Punjab Indian hockey. We keep on hosting each other's players and entertain them in the best possible way."