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New Delhi/Lahore : The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has omitted Pakistan from the Junior World Cup to be held in Lucknow next month, prompting the country’s federation to blame India for the debacle.

According to the FIH, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) had failed to meet the official deadline for submitting the travel documents of its players. The game’s world governing body announced Malaysia as a replacement for Pakistan in the tournament which will start on December 8 at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium.

“The FIH regrets that Pakistan’s men’s junior team will not be able to take part in this year’s Junior World Cup to be held in Uttar Pradesh even though they had officially qualified. The FIH’s decision follows considerable discussions with the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and requests for confirmation that they had the necessary arrangements in place to be able to participate in the event,” the FIH said.


“Visas had been applied for after the official deadline and no accommodation was confirmed within the set deadlines. Despite a number of correspondence and reminders,” a statement from the FIH added. “The PHF was not able to show that their team would be able to travel to Lucknow for the event which begins in only a few days’ time. The FIH has substantial contractual obligations to its partners to deliver a full number of matches at the forthcoming Junior Hockey World Cup for men.”      –IANS