How Pakistan hockey went from world-beaters to Olympic absentees | Olympics News

Written by on October 15, 2021

Shakeel Abbasi remembers the times he donned the Pakistan national hockey team jersey.

Once a prolific striker of the men’s side, Abbasi now feels he made a “big mistake” in taking hockey on as a career when, he says, many options were open to him as a promising athlete.

“I made a big mistake by picking hockey over cricket. I was very good in both but I preferred our national sport [hockey]. Sometimes, I feel it was a big mistake,” Abbasi, a three-time Olympian, told Al Jazeera.

The 37-year-old . . .

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