A commemorative postage stamp on the First World Cup Hockey Tournament, Barcelona (Spain) :
Issued by Pakistan
Issued on Oct 24, 1971
Issued for : To mark the World Cup Hockey Tournament being held in Barcelona (SPAIN), the Pakistan Post Office is issuing a Commemorative Postage Stamp of 20-Paisa denomination on 24-10-1971.
Design : The format of the stamp is vertical. A decorative border in green colour surrounds the central design, comprising the “World Cup Hockey Trophy” and a hockey player with hockey stick and a ball placed against the red drapery of the background. The words “World Cup Hockey Tournament, Barcelona (Spain) 15/24 October 1971″, and the words ‘Postage’ and ‘Paisa’ are in black. The value ’20’ above the word ‘Paisa’, and the words ‘Pakistan‘ in Bengali, Urdu and English, lying on a green strip at the bottom of the stamp are in yellow colour.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Denomination : 20 Paisa
Colour : Red, Yellow, Green, & Black
Size of stamp : 44.5 x 32.5 mm.
Size of Print : 41.5 x 29.5 mm.
Perforation gauge : 13 x 13 (c)
Quantity printed : 15,00,000
Number of Stamps in each sheet : 50
Process of printing : Litho Offset
Printers : The Pakistan Security Printing Corporation Ltd., Karachi
- Hockey is the only major game in the world, which remains practically forgotten between one Olympics and the next. None of the International Tournaments outside the Olympics, assures the winner of World supremacy. Badminton has the Thomas Cup, Football, the World Cup, and Tennis the Davis Cup, but hockey has nothing comparable to such honours.
- Pakistan, being the World leaders in hockey felt its responsibility to keep the World’s interest alive in the game of hockey. With this end in view, Pakistan had proposed that International World Cup Tournament be held at Lahore in February 1971; the Federation of International Hockey appreciated this idea and accorded its whole-hearted approval, due to unavoidable circumstances, the proposed tournament could not be held in February 1971. And the venue has since been changed from Lahore to Barcelona by the International Federation.
- The history of this game is closely linked with the history of the Indo-Pak Sub-continent. In pre-Independence days, the Indian hockey teams used to take part in World Olympics, and whatever glory they won in that period must be shared in equal by Pakistan and India, because quite a few players of the All India teams hailed from areas which are now a part of Pakistan. After Independence, however, Pakistan and India fielded their own teams and vied with one another for World supremacy in this game.
- In the early years Pakistan suffered reverses at the hands of India but later Pakistan made gradual progress in improving their technique until she was rewarded by winning the Silver Medal in the Melbourne Olympics and thereby gaining International recognition in the game in 1956.