Growing India-Pakistan hostilities hit import of Sachin hockey sticks

FP Sports, Oct, 11 2016

To say that the present relations between India and Pakistan are under immense strain and scrutiny would be an understatement. Be it on the border, the United Nations, Bollywood or in sports, the two neighbouring countries are on extremely contentious grounds, compounded by almost daily reports of ceasefire violations on the LoC and militant attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The Uri attacks and the subsequent surgical strike by India has brought almost all the thoroughfare between India and Pakistan to a standstill. Amid the ban on Pakistani artists in the Indian entertainment industry and the absence of Pakistan team in the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup, there is another seemingly innocuous sector that is suffering - Sachin hockey sticks.

The import of the popular brand of hockey sticks, manufactured in Pakistan, to India has reduced considerably following the tensions between the two countries, according to a report by the Economic Times. Sports good manufacturers are afraid of potential losses if the trade ties were to be hit, and are therefore decreasing the import.

The Sialkot-bases brand of hockey sticks is very popular in India and is often said to be the most superior among the ones available.

According to the website of Sachin Sports Industries, the composite hockey sticks are produced with the formulation of carbon fibre, Kevlar, glass fibre and Zylon. The company itself, was established by Rattan Lal S/o Sh Boota Mall in 1998 and describes itself as one of the top manufacturers in Sialkot, a place known internationally for its sporting goods industry .

According to the ET report, hockey sticks are among the only products that Indian sports makers import from Pakistan as they specialise in manufacturing composite hockey sticks made of more new-age materials.

Apart from Sachin, other Pakistan hockey stick brands such as Malik and Ehsaan are also under the scanner.

Published Date: Oct 11, 2016 | Updated Date: Oct 11, 2016

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