Pakistan bans former hockey gold medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics for criticizing Prime Minister Imran Khan

Former sports hockey player Rashid-ul-Hasan, who won gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics,

It has been banned for using defamatory language against Prime Minister Imran Khan

Rashid, 62, has categorically denied allegations that he used abusive language

And is considering an option to challenge the ban in court

The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) banned Prime Minister Khan – the PHF sponsor-in-chief – for 10 years

After criticizing the game’s decline in the country on a social media site.

Expressing his surprise at the ban, Rashid said he currently holds no position in the federation.

The move is expected to raise voices in support of freedom of expression.

A PHF commission of inquiry was set up to look into whether Rashid had used abusive language against Khan.

Instructions PHF Chairman Brig. (Retd.) Khalid Sajjad Gokar and Secretary Asif Bajwa, according to a statement.

Following Rashid’s failure to respond to the two announcements, the panel imposed a 10-year ban on the instruction of the PHF leader.

A copy of this announcement has also been sent to the Sports Standing Committee of the National Assembly.