Pak blames 'abusive' Delhi crowd for CWG fall

Posted By: Samyuktha
Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF)
Karachi, Oct 19: Despite getting a warm welcome in India, Pakistan hockey team has said that the 'abusive' crowd in Delhi was one of the prime factors for their disappointing campaign at the Commonwealth Games.

On the feedback from the team, which finished sixth in Delhi Games' hockey tournament, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Asif Bajwa said that the players were subjected to strong abuse, especially after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

"It is now more difficult for our players when they play in India and there is more pressure on them because of the treatment they get from the spectators," he said.

"It is disappointing for this to happen. I am not making excuses for our team losing to India but there is greater pressure on them now," he added.

Speaking on same lines, captain Zeeshan Ashraf said that players were greeted with "strong insults and at times even abusive language when they played in the Commonwealth Games."

"It was a bit too much for the players the way the spectators kept away at us and reminding us we were Pakistanis.

"Certainly it seems after the Mumbai incident the spectators try to make life difficult for us whenever we play in India. It happened to us throughout the Commonwealth Games which is unfortunate because sports is sports," Ashraf added.

Pakistan fell to India 7-4 in a crucial win-or-leave match. Incidentally, Pakistan also lost to India in the Hockey World Cup, which also was hosted in Delhi few months back.

The strong statements against the Delhi crowd comes as a surprise especially since the international media hailed heart warming welcome extended by India to Pakistan during the Commonwealth Games 2010.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 14:45 [IST]
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