Naveed Alam, a well-known Olympian and member of Pakistan’s World Cup-winning team in 1994, died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer, according to his family. He was 47 years old at the time.
Alam, who was newly diagnosed with blood cancer, had chemotherapy in Lahore yesterday, but his situation worsened. He was taken to the hospital right away, where he died.
Retired Col Mudassar Asghar, the former secretary of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), had requested the government and the PHF to assist Alam, who had recently been diagnosed with blood cancer.
“Naveed was a member of Pakistan’s World Cup-winning team in 1994, and he was a tough fullback. At this point, Naveed requires financial and moral support from the government, the PHF, and other hockey stakeholders, as “anyone can encounter these kinds of challenges in life,” according to former Olympian Mudassar.
The Pakistan Cricket Board was deeply saddened by Alam’s death.
Alam was also the manager of Pakistan’s hockey squad at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Following Pakistan’s eighth-place finish at the 2008 Olympics, he became embroiled in a court dispute over the PHF elections, in which Qasim Zia and Asif Bajwa were chosen president and secretary, respectively.
Alam was also named director development and domestic by the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) in 2016.