Mehwish Hayat 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.
Tamgha-e-Imtiaz recipient and actor Mehwish Hayat can’t believe how much Pakistani people neglect hockey.
It is, after all, our national sport. She told journalists at the Abdul Sattar Hockey Stadium in Karachi that just like Pakistani cinema has been revived, sports in the country also need a revival.
“We talk a lot about cricket. We must realise that we have won more titles in hockey than in cricket. We have won four World Cups and three Olympic titles,” she said.
“We are too much focused on cricket. Hockey needs our focus as well,” said the film star.
Mehwish was also well informed about the history and decline of Pakistan hockey, and, probably that is why she opted to support the game.
There is a national hockey championship being played right now but no TV channel is covering it, she said. Everyone should support this game, said Hayat.
During her visit, she even got some tips on the game from former player Haider Hussain.