LAHORE: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Secretary Shahbaz Ahmad Senior on Sunday said he did not resign from his position but was removed.
Shahbaz said he is not hungry for the position and showed his unwillingness to work with the PHF president, adding, “three months ago I had handed in my resignation but it was not accepted.”
“I was removed so that Sajjad Khokar can bring in his own man,” Shahbaz said, arguing the government to pay attention to the federation’s matters.
The feud between Shahbaz and Khokar was earlier reported which could have possibly resulted in Shahbaz’s dismissal.
Following the disappointing performance of the Pakistani hockey team in last year’s World Cup in India, Shahbaz reportedly submitted his resignation to Khokar who acknowledged Shahbaz’s contributions for the PHF, saying, “during the past three and a half years he did his job with professional commitment and devotion.”
Former Olympian Asif Bajwa will replace Shahbaz as PHF’s new secretary, Khokar added.
Bajwa, who previously held the title of PHF secretary until 2013, will resume his duties as secretary from May 6.