Source: News Bharati English29 Nov 2016 12:03:14

New Delhi, November 29: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced Malaysia as a replacement for the Pakistan in the Junior Hockey World Cup to be held in Lucknow from December 8.
A week after the newly-appointed International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Narinder Batra confirmed their participation, the world body said they had ‘withdrawn Pakistan’s invitation’ to the junior World Cup, which begins in Lucknow next week. Malaysia has been named as the replacement side for the 16-team event that will be held from December 8 to 18.

"FIH regrets that Pakistan's men's junior team will not be able to take part in this year's Junior World Cup even though they had officially qualified," an official from FIH said.

"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," it 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.

"FIH has substantial contractual obligations to its partners to deliver a full number of matches at the forthcoming Junior Hockey World Cup for men," official said. "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 "he added.

The Pakistan team failed to meet the official deadline for submitting the travel documents of its players.

The late invitation came after FIH had to officially withdraw Pakistan's invitation to the event.

With the event starting in only a few days' time, today was the last possibility for FIH to ensure the quality of the event, with a full complement of 16 teams playing in Lucknow.