Aug 122013

Mohamed Asif Bajwa is a former field hockey player who played for the Pakistan hockey team from the year 1992 to 1996. Asif Bajwa was born in Sialkot on 8th March 1969. Asif Bajwa began his hockey career in 1991 against Spain. Asif Bajwa played for Pakistan hockey team in 74 international hockey matches. In his hockey career he scored 25 goals for Pakistan. Mohamed Asif Bajwa was one of the Pakistan hockey team members which won the 1994 Hockey World cup. Later Asif Bajwa became Pakistan’s hockey team manager and chief coach. Pakistan Government awarded Mohamed Asif Bajwa the Pakistan’s prestigious award “Pride of Performance” in the year 1995.

Pakistan Hockey Federation named Asif Bajwa as secretary of PHF in June 2008 in a controversial way by the Ministry of Sports. He was appointed by the Federal Sports Minister as secretary of PHF followed by sacking Khalid Mahmood by the sports minister quoting Pakistan Sports Board rule 4(xi). Usually the secretary for PHF is nominated by the chief of PHF for approval by the counsel. Asif Bajwa could not take charge as secretary as he found that the secretary’s office in the National Hockey Stadium was locked. Followed by this he was not willing to take charge unless the charge is given to him willingly. He was accused by telling that he did not have control over players and there was revolution by players against him during the 2006 Terrasa Champions Trophy. Although Asif Bajwa refused all these charges against him there is record for an incident that players led by Rehan Butt revolted against Asif Bajwa for not including half back player Mohemmad Saqlain in the team and because of this the team performed poorly. Few months after Asif took over as secretary of PHF he got involved in a visa scandal. PHF exposed that Asif Bajwa the secretary of PHF has misused his power by seeking German visa for his wife, children and an unknown person for attending a four nation hockey tournament in Germany.

Asif Bajwa after taking over as PHF secretary toured Malaysia as the Pakistan Hockey team manager; the team was defeated by New Zealand and Malaysia in the 2009 Aslan Shah Hockey Tournament. To improve the performance of Pakistan Hockey team Asif Bajwa organized Dutch experts for the PHF academies to coach players and in order to build a balanced hockey team for the forth coming 2012 Olympics. He also organized ten thousand hockey sticks and ten thousand hockey balls to be distributed by the PHF to schools in the country. He also organized PHF to sign an agreement with the International hockey Federation to carry out courses and coaching clinics to prepare quality hockey coaches in the country.