KARACHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) will announce the schedule for physical fitness tests in a few days, The News learned on Thursday.
PHF has already announced that it will organize the test every month in order to maintain the fitness level of the players.
It should be noted that last month when the first physical fitness test was carried out, many older players including Pakistani captain Rizwan senior, goalkeeper Amjad Ali, midfielder Azfar Yaqoob, midfielder Rana Sohail and striker Rana Waheed were found unfit.
There would be a chance for those who didn’t do well on the first test and therefore didn’t get key assignments, sources said.
A few new players are expected to show up in the test as well, they added.
32 players are expected to appear on the fitness test, which uses various advanced methods including the yo-yo test.
The two-day test will be conducted under the supervision of the chairman of the selection committee Olympian Manzoor Junior and senior team trainer Olympian Khwaja Junaid.
The sources said it remains to be decided whether the test will be conducted before the Navy national hockey tournament, which is scheduled to take place in Karachi on Sept. 4.
Meanwhile, the chances of winning the Asian Champions Trophy in Bangladesh from October 1st to October 9th are getting smaller with each passing day, as neither the Bangladesh Hockey Federation nor the Asian Hockey Federation have yet sent an announcement for the event. Sources said it looked like this event would be hit again due to Covid-19.