Aiming to raise voice for Pakistan’s neglected national sport, hockey, renowned film star Mehwish Hayat paid a surprise visit to the People’s Hockey Stadium Sukkur to witness the ongoing matches of the National Hockey Championship.
Mehwish arrived at the stadium with her brother, surprising everyone, including players and tournament officials.
Mehwish also met players and coaches participating in the tournament, asking if they needed any support.
Former Pakistan captain Rehan Butt suggested that showbiz stars should give hockey players an equal amount of importance as they give to cricketers.
“We only expect you to promote hockey as ambassadors. When you do a show, invite some hockey players there as well just like you invite Kamran Akmal or Mohammad Aamir,” Rehan Butt suggested.
“We talk a lot about cricket. We must realize that we have won more titles in hockey than in cricket. We have won four World Cups and three Olympic titles,” Mehwish said.
“We are too much focused on cricket. Hockey needs our focus as well,” said Mehwish Hayat.
Mehwish was also well informed about the history and decline of Pakistan hockey, and, probably that is why she opted to support the game.
TV star Mehwish Hayat tests her hockey skills as former Pakistan player Haider Hussain gives her some basic tips.
She added that mainstream media and social media attention is very important to help any sports grow.
“Hockey being our national sport needs our attention. We all need to come together to support hockey,” Mehwish added.
The presence of Pakistan’s top film artist at the hockey stadium was also a pleasant surprise for the current and former hockey players.
While the youngsters got selfies with her, former players were also seen telling Mehwish about how they liked her character in various movies.