Suspended since March due to the COVID-19 outbreak, hockey is set to resume in Pakistan in August with a five-a-side domestic tournament.

After the domestic competition, the national championship in September-October will also be held at different venues in a bio-secure environment, the nation’s Hockey Federation secretary Asif Bajwa told reporters. “Finally, we are set to resume hockey activities from August but in an environment where all SOPs and protocols of COVID-19 will be followed to keep the players, officials and match officials safe,” he said.

Bajwa himself had to go into quarantine in Lahore after contracting the virus, forcing the PHF office to remain shut for four months.

He also said the federation has decided to pay 30 players a one-time allowance of 30,000 rupees each to help them cope up with the prevalent economic crisis.

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