UAE Invited President of F.I.H Mr. Leandro Negre to promote hockey in UAE
Dubai: 24 February 2014 By:Zulfiqar Shah
UAE Hockey federation (U.A.E.H.F) invited President of FIH Mr. Leandro Negre to promote hockey in UAE. According to H.E. Ibrahim Abdul Malik, Secretary General of the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare said, field hockey is new sports for UAE compared with the other sports like football, handball and basket ball but UAE Nationals are already interested and taken this game as their new favorite sport. I wish to see hockey also popular among the UAE nationals if supported by the FIH. Mr. Negre briefed to media that FIH has signed 8 years contract with popular sports TV channel STAR SPORTS INDIA for promoting game of hockey by television. The glamour came for hockey players like other sports receiving cash prize to play the league matches.
Ismail Ali Al Banna President of UAE Hockey federation said, “The delegation of FIH day to day updates and continue support in UAE Hockey like Tayyab Ikram recently visited Ministry of youth and sports affairs and now president visit will be definitely a step ahead to see international hockey events held in UAE.
President of Pakistan hockey federation will visit Ismail Ali Al Banna to discuss to announce Pakistan hockey team’s activities hand in hand to promote hockey activities in UAE. In the same time he will organize a press conference in March to announce Pakistan veteran hockey team’s visit to Dubai on invitation from Jaffer Hussain, a former Pakistan veteran gold medalist, Malaysia 2002 of United Emirates hockey club Dubai.
Seen in the picture from left: Raza Abidi Co-ordinator UAEHF, Atiq Juma G.S. UAEHF, A.M. Fahd Al Dosri Asst general secretary of sports ministry, President Ismail Ali Banna of UAEHF, President Leandro Negre of FIH, Ibrahim Abdul Malik general authority of youth and sports affairs (secretary general) and Kamran Siddiqui Planning Director Helium advertising agency.