Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Lahore and watched the final match of 1st COAS National Inter-Club Hockey Championship 2022 on July 23, 2022. Various hockey legends, Olympians and national celebrities from Pakistan also watched the match to support the revival of the national game and appreciated the joint initiative of Pakistan Army and Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) as talent hunt for sportsmen around Pakistan.
The opening ceremony of the 1st COAS Inter-Club Hockey Championship 2022 was held at the Gymnasium Hall, Nishtar Park Sports Complex, Lahore on July 14, 2022.
After tough competitions during the initial stage, ten clubs from across the country qualified for the finals in the championship. From Punjab, four clubs – one each from Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha and Sialkot – qualified for the championship.
The final match was played between Rana Zaheer Hockey Club, Lahore and Youth Hockey Club, Malir Karachi, in which Rana Zaheer Hockey Club beat Youth Hockey Club after a thrilling contest. The chief guest, General Qamar Javed Bajwa awarded Champions Trophy to the winning team along with medals and cash prizes to the players of top three teams. Individual prizes to the best player of the winning team, best goalkeeper, most goal scoring player, defender and best forward player were also awarded. COAS also met representatives and players of the clubs from the remote areas of Pakistan to encourage revival of sports and talent hunt across Pakistan.
The championship started with 718 clubs, 72 districts and 28 divisions participating from all over the country contesting at four stages including district, divisional, provincial and finally concluded at the national level in Lahore. In the national level round, ten teams from all provinces went through sensational matches to earn the title.
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