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An internal sporting dispute means Pakistan's hockey team will not play at next year's Commonwealth Games.

The Pakistan Olympic Association split into two factions earlier this year, one recognised by the International Olympic Committee and the other backed by the state-run Pakistan Sports Board.

The Pakistan Hockey Federation ignored the IOC-backed faction of the POA as it relies on the state-run board.
As a result, it showed no interest in sending a team to the Glasgow Games.
Pakistan have won four hockey world titles and three Olympic golds, but the men's team failed to progress from the group stages at the London Olympics and they have failed to qualify for next year's World Cup.
The team's poor performances forced the federation's secretary Asif Bajwa to resign last week.
Pakistan finished sixth in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India.
Their best finish was a silver medal in the 2006 Games in Melbourne.