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Visit to “Islahuddin – Dr. Shah Hockey Academy”

On his recent trip to Karachi (August 2023), the WGMA Hon. Secretary was invited to visit the “Islahuddin – Dr. Shah Hockey Academy” and was received by the Legend himself, whose medals tally includes 2 golds for Pakistan at World Cups (Barcelona 1971, Buenos Aires 1978). For those whose memory is fading Islah, as he is commonly known, was the formidable right wing of the Pakistan team, in the 70s, who not only scored goals (117 in international matches) but saved possibly many more through his dashes off the goal line to thwart opponents’ penalty corners. Here is a quote from Jose Borrell who played international hockey for Spain during the same period:
“He was really a very fast right wing with very good skills. Legend of Pakistan. Wish Pakistan will come back to the elite of hockey…”

The Academy was established in 2014 and currently has 100 girls and 250 boys ages 8+ enrolled. It has a hostel to accomodate visiting teams, gyms, meeting halls, canteen and other facilities.