Asian Golds for Pakistan in Hockey and Squash

Posted on November 25, 2010
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Adil Najam

After the news earlier in the day of Pakistan being kicked out of two semi-finals in which they were the favorites – losing in T20 cricket to Afghanistan and in Kabaddi to Iran – the green shirts redeemed themselves in two other sports are define (or once defined) Pakistan sports: Field Hockey and Squash (team).

In both hockey and team squash Pakistan beat Malaysia to clinch the golds. This takes Pakistan gold haul in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games to 3, adding to the gold already won by the womens’ cricket team. Pakistan also has 2 silver and 1 bronze to its name (including an unexpected Silver in Wushu), a tally that could still go higher since Pakistan will be playing in the bronze medal playoffs in both Kabaddi and T20 cricket.

The hockey gold medal is a great shot in the arms for Pakistan hockey which has been lackluster in performance even though all indications suggest the current team is technically quite competent. The defeat in the Commonwealth Games recently did not help its morale but this victory is bound to put new vigor and motivation. Importantly, this convincing 2-0 victory is not only marks the return of Pakistan to the Hockey Gold stand after 20 years but gives Pakistan an assured berth in the next Olypmics.

The victory in Squash is equally sweet and one hopes is also a sign of a comeback in the sport. Here, once again, Pakistan was pitted against Malaysia, but in Squash Malaysia is a powerhouse, unlike in Hockey, and had gone in as favorites. Aamir Atlas Khan emerged as a Pakistan here avenging his singles final loss to Mohammad Azlan of Malaysia, and preventing Malaysia from sweeping the Asian Games squash golds.

24 responses to “Asian Golds for Pakistan in Hockey and Squash”

  1. Sarosha Bhadha says:

    The performance of Pakistan at the Asian Games has really given us a reason to be proud of the Green & White =)
    We need to always support Pakistan. In this regard Coke has taken up a brilliant initiative ! I am supporting Pakistan .. Are you ?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab-ojaf8KDw

  2. davisparker says:

    Pak is a good country and i really salute pak hockey team for best play. I think this the world’s best team and may be the champion. With like this play.
    Nice Pics..
    Thanks

  3. Congratulations to Pakistan Hockey and Squash team. At least this will bring some smile on the faces of Pakistanis who are really unhappy with the Pakistan Cricket Team.

  4. ali b says:

    Congratulations to Pakistan for winning the gold medal in Hockey and Squash.It may be a good idea to continue with this team until the next Olympics provided they are fit. New experiments have failed in the past.The Scandinavian Hockey coach seems to have played his part well like the Pakistani coaches have groomed the Afghan cricketer’s well.
    More emphasis and encouragement should also be given to Squash in order to get back to the glory days of the past.

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