Veteran Sports journalist BA Burki passes away
LAHORE – Leading sports journalist and international Grade-1 hockey umpire Bazid Ahmad Khan Burki died here June 4th, 2003 after a prolonged illness.
Late Baurki was 63 and died this morning at a local hospital where he was under treatment for the past one month for multiple diseases.
He is survived by two sons and two daughters beside a widow. Burki began his hockey career by playing as an outside-right for his own famous Afghan Club before taking up umpiring at the national and international level.
As a hockey coach, Bazid, groomed and developed famous hockey Olympians such as Manzurul Hasan senior, Rashid Junior, Manzur Hussain Junior, Akhtar Rasool, Qasim Khan and a number of other internationals.
He also coached Punjab University, Islamia College Civil Lines and Lahore Secondary Education Board.
Late Bazid began his journalistic career with Pakistan Press International (PPI) news agency and also worked for other dailies including Pakistan Times, Muslim, Frontier Post and lately Nawa-i-Waqt.
He was also a prominent hockey organiser and played an important role in the organisation of various hockey events in Lahore.
Late Burki was also the founder member of the Sports Writers Association of Punjab (SWAP). He was buried later on June 4th, 2003 in the evening at Sanda grave yard.
The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), Punjab Hockey Association (PHA), Lahore District Hockey Association, Sports Board Punjab, Pakistan Olympic Association, Punjab Olympic Association, Afghan Club and SWAP, as well as a number of fomier hockey Olympians and internationals and local hockey clubs condoled the death of the veteran journalist and organiser.
They praised the services rendered by late Burki for the cause of sports especially hockey.
Source: The Nation