About that a flirter was caused in hockey circles when rumors gained circulation
that hockey might be dropped from the Olympic Games. The concept of a would
event initiated by Pakistan immediately engaged the interest of Rene Frank. The
FIH president and the secretary general. Etienne clutch who later became
president himself a post be held until the end of 1996.
The question of finance the all important factor was answered by air Marshal
Khan. The president of the Pakistan Hockey Federation and Managing Director of
Pakistan international Airlines. He found a way out of the difficulty by
offering to stage the first world CUP event. Al Lahore in 1971 and to pay the
hotel and travel expenses of the participating teams.
The prospect of financial assistance appealed to the FIH and the subject was
soon discussed in the conference rooms with Colonel A.I.A. Dara acting as chief
negotiator on behalf of the Pakistan hockey federation.