Pioneers of Pakistan Hockey
Born on the 2nd of January 1950, Munawwaruz Zaman was indeed one of the finest hockey players Pakistan ever produced.
He started his hockey career at the mere age of nineteen when he first scored against India and managed to turn a penalty corner into a match winner. During his successful journey as a renowned hockey player, he brought home various laurels and medals including a silver medal from the 1972 Olympics in Munich and a bronze medal from the 1976 Olympics that took place in Montreal.
Furthermore, his team earned a gold medal in the 1974 Asian Games and Zaman was the one who led the Pakistani team to victory in the 2nd Champion Trophy in Karachi and Kuala Lampur Quadrangular Gold.
In total, he led Pakistan in twenty-five matches and emerged triumphant in all of them. After starting out as the team coach in the early nineties, he suffered from cardiac arrest whilst training with his team and eventually passed away on the 28th of July 1994.
The Government of Pakistan later awarded him a posthumous “Pride of Performance” award in 1997.
The glory of Pakistan was once present in its prowess in the sports’ world. One of the sports Pakistan excelled in globally was hockey and Anwar Baig was one such player who helped create a name for Pakistan in the sports’ world.
Born in Peshawar, Pakistan on November 1924, Mohammad Anwar Baig Moghal was a Pakistani field hockey player. He participated in various hockey matches before and after the partition of the subcontinent and played six matches for Pakistan at the 1948 Summer Olympics that ended with the Pakistani team earning the fourth place.
Although on paper he might not appear as a prominent figure, he is still remembered for his dedication and commitment to the sport.
Moti Ullah Khan
After independence, many heroes were born who revolutionized the practice of hockey in Asia.
Born only a couple of years before partition, in the January of 1938, Motiullah Khan is the legend who earned both gold and silver medals in the Olympics. He is originally from Bahawalpur and the International Hockey stadium in Bahawalpur is named after him and is called the “Motiullah Hockey Stadium.”
In the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, he won a gold medal, while in the 1956 and 1964 Summer Olympics in Melbourne and Tokyo, he won silver medals.
Motiullah Khan was awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz award from the Government of Pakistan in 1963.
The name of Chaudhry Ghulam Rasool is amongst the best hockey players Pakistan ever gave birth to. Although he initially studied Agriculture as a degree and later began teaching at Aitchison College, his true passion, despite how well he did in the education industry, always lay in his God gifted talent in the art of hockey.
As an Educationist, Chaudhry Ghulam Rasool was a seminal figure and represented Pakistan in various international conferences, seminars and delegations and was also the Honorary Secretary of Pakistan Association of Science. He was also the first Asian to receive the “International Alumni Medallion Award” from Kansas State University.
He was very interested in hockey from a young age and was even the captain of his university hockey team. He later became a part of the Pakistan hockey team and participated in the Olympics in 1956 where he received a silver medal. He was also a part of the team that won the Asian Games in 1958. In his captaincy, Pakistan won gold medals both in the Rome Olympics (1960) and the Asian Games in Jakarta (1962).
After retirement, Rasool was first appointed as the Secretary and later the President of the Pakistan Hockey Federation as well also being the Selection Committee chairman.
Rasool earned the “Pride of Performance” award in 1970 for his excellence in hockey and he passed away in 1991 at the age of sixty.
Written by Maryam Mudassar