The Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board (TTHB) may currently be experiencing financial woes, but they will soon be left with another unbudgeted tournament after the T&T stickmen were confirmed for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland.
TTHB president Douglas Camacho revealed that the Board had only yesterday accepted the invitation to compete in the tournament at the expense of Pakistan. The Games will from July 23-August 3.
That turn of events means both T&T’s men’s and women’s will attend the Games, as the women had already qualified. The T&T men were given the lifeline due to their world ranking of 30, no doubt boosted by their Pan American Cup bronze medal performance.
Pakistan’s men are currently ranked eighth, but they will miss the event due to an “internal sporting dispute”, BBC Sport reported yesterday.
The Pakistan Olympic Association have been experiencing inner turmoil, with two factions emerging—one recognised by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and the other backed by state-run Pakistan Sports Board.
According to the report, the Pakistan Hockey Federation “ignored the IOC-backed faction” of the Association, and as such did not send a team for the Glasgow Games.
The BBC also reported that the POA had initially been given a further month after the August 16 deadline to submit an entry for the Games.