Thursday, April 5, 2012

India and Malaysia refuse to travel to Pakistan

DHAKA, April 4 (Reuters) - The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has called off a three-nation international tournament after India and Malaysia refused to send their teams because of security concerns.
PHF secretary Asif Bajwa told a news conference on Wednesday the Indian federations had pulled out of the tournament scheduled from April 9-13 on the advice of its foreign ministry.
“We are obviously disappointed with this development because Malaysia had also first confirmed they would take part in the event and then pulled out two days back,” he said.
Security reasons have also prompted Bangladesh soccer league champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi to withdraw from an Asian football tournament.