KARACHI: Fulfilling its commitment to support and promote sports in the country, Pakistan Navy has mounted the first mini Astro-turf of the country at Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium, Karachi.

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah inaugurated the turf on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah said that hockey is our national game and the presence of renowned players here reminds me of our past glory in this sport.

“Pakistan Navy has always strived to promote sports and healthy activities in the country and Pakistan Navy is proud for taking initiative to lay first of its kind turf in the country”, he added. He also announced to lay one more mini astro turf at a suitable place in Karachi.

CNS also expressed his hope that this Mini Astro turf will facilitate in grooming the young players so as to bring back the lost laurels in the game of Hockey. He urged other stake holders and organizations to come forward and work to fortify the national sport.

Pakistan Navy, besides supervising the whole project, has also borne all the cost including its import from abroad. The facility will be used for six-a-side hockey and will go a long way in improving techniques including dribbling, dodging, stopping and goal keeping of the young players.

General Secretary of Pakistan Hockey Federation, Shahbaz Senior in his address said that it was a historic day for Pakistan Hockey and its credit goes to Pakistan Navy. The Inauguration ceremony was also attended by a large number of Ex Olympians, National heroes, PHF officials and other dignitaries.