ISLAMABAD (APP) - An uphill task may be waiting for the new-look Pakistan hockey team as they put together for the FIH Olympic Qualifiers, taking vicinity either in October or November, this 12 months.

the world wide variety 17 Pakistan, who could be the bottom ranked outfit within the qualifiers will have to beat a pinnacle ranked aspect to win an area inside the coveted sports occasion, Secretary Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) confirmed to APP.

"We ll be facing a daunting mission as in step with FIH criteria we ll must face the very best ranked team.

. It could be all people, which include from the perimeters along with Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand or India." "when you see at those groups our probabilities seem little or no to qualify for the quadrennial extravaganza. But as FIH is likewise thinking about us we ll grasp the opportunity and take our chances," he stated.

Twelve teams will compete at the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to be held from July 24 to August 9, next yr. Four continental champions Japan, Argentina, South Africa and Belgium have already received berths, whilst winner of the 2019 Oceania Cup, taking region in Australia between the hosts and New Zealand from September 5-8 may also earn an automated entry in the event. As Japan has certified twice for the event - once as host and once as Asian champions, there will be 14 teams competing at qualifiers, seven of whom may be determined for Olympics by means of emerging victorious.

these teams will be drawn into seven pairs with each pair gambling a two-match, aggregate rating collection.

Pakistan hockey crew s training camp for the Olympic qualifying suits is underway at the country wide Stadium Lahore. Bajwa said the federation was focusing on children and seeking to supply them maximum publicity. "round ninety according to cent gamers called for the schooling camp for the qualifying round are clean faces. The brand new choice committee has closely found their performance and selected the great of the first-rate for education." "it is very encouraging that when a long term new expertise has come forth. These boys are operating truly hard and in the event that they fought with their complete potential they will win.

"you can do some thing if you are gambling in opposition to a single us of a in an event. We've got the chances and there may be a wonder percent for whoever could be our opponents at the qualifiers." according to Bajwa Pakistan s lowest ever international status turned into because of technical grounds and now not because of team s overall performance. "We aren't this type of bad facet. We did no longer feature within the pro league. The groups which played that occasion advanced their rankings. We stayed faraway from that, which affected our ranking badly."