Karachi: September 9 is a vital day within the historical past of Pakistan hockey, 60 years in the past on this present day Pakistan defeated India Zero-1 within the 1960 Rome Olympics for the primary time. Had the honour of changing into Olympic hockey champion.
In the ultimate, Left-in-Naseer Banda scored the lone and decisive objective to offer Pakistan a gold medal, ending India's 32-year lead as Olympic champions since 1928.
Earlier within the semi-finals, Pakistan defeated Spain Zero-1 because of Atif's objective. Pakistan was thought of the favourite group within the Rome Olympics as India defeated Pakistan within the last of the final Melbourne Olympics in 1956 towards Pakistan. I might barely win Zero-1 whereas Pakistan gained the gold medal within the Asian Games by defeating India in 1958.
Pakistan's profitable group in Rome Olympics Abdul Rashid, AR Gardner, Atif, Munirdar, Bashir Ahmed, Khurshid Aslam, Habib Ali Kadi, Anwar Ahmed Khan, Dr. Ghulam Rasool, Zafar Hayat, Zafar Ali Zafari, Abdul Waheed Khan, Noor Alam, Abdul Hameed Hamidi, Khawaja Zakauddin, Naseer Ahmad Banda, Matiullah and Mushtaq Ahmad.
Following the victory, Avery Brandage, President of the International Olympic Committee, awarded gold medals to Pakistan's nationwide athletes on the Victory Stand, waving the moon and star flag together with the Pakistani nationwide anthem, to the applause of the Value Dream Stadium. ۔ Pakistan's first Olympic champion was celebrated throughout the nation.
With the victory of Pakistan, individuals fortunately got here to the streets and began dancing and sweets had been distributed in innumerable locations. The then President of Pakistan Field Marshal Ayub Khan additionally despatched a message of congratulations to the nationwide hockey group.
It must be famous that after the formation of Pakistan, the Pakistan hockey group had gained the fourth place by collaborating within the London Olympics in 1948 for the primary time. Then within the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Pakistan was ranked fourth. Later, within the last of the Melbourne Olympics in 1956, Pakistan competed with India and gained a silver medal.
Pakistan gained the Olympic title once more on the 1968 Mexico Olympics, whereas Pakistan gained the gold medal on the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.