ISLAMABAD - Director General Pakistan Sports Board Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera presided over a meeting to review and finalise the arrangements for holding Second Quaid-e-Azam Inter-Provincial Youth Games 2017, held here on Tuesday.

Ganjera appreciated the dedicated efforts of all the stakeholders for the successful organisation of the previous games. Highlighting the importance of the games, Ganjera informed the house that with a view to organise the games in a befitting manner, it was decided to seek input from all the stakeholders. The board members assured their full co-operation for successful conduct of the games.

More than 3,700 sportspersons, team officials and technical officials will participate in the mega event. Basic objective of the project is to create environment conducive for promoting national harmony by engaging the youth in healthier activities. This will foster positive thinking, peace, nation building and festivity, while other objectives of the project are to explore new talent in sports for grooming for national teams.

Ganjera emphasis that they wanted to revive interest in sports among the general public and create sports culture in the country and to promote national health and raise national fitness level. He further informed that during the current financial year, an allocation of Rs130000 million was available for organising the games. “It was unanimously decided that the games will be organised from December 25th to 29th at Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad.” Ganjera asked the house to discuss the sports disciplines. After lengthy discussions, the house unanimously decided to include the different sports disciplines in the forthcoming games.

Both male and female players would vie for top honours in Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Football, Hockey, Karate, Netball, Squash, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball and Wushu while Boxing, Kabaddi Circle, Snooker, Weightlifting and Wrestling will be exclusive for the male players only.

The strength of players, officials and technical officials for each discipline was also discussed in detail. All the participants were requested to provide the particulars of the participants on the prescribed performa through email. The boards were asked to submit the strength of the Contingent with disciplines as early as possible, but not later than December 15.

The matter regarding mode of payment on account of TA/DA to the team officials and players was also discussed. The representatives from Gilgit-Baltistan appraised the house that keeping in view the distance of their territories, the permission of two days daily allowance before and after the games may be allowed as in the case of Sindh & Balochistan teams. The chairman agreed to consider their request. It was also decided that each board will depute a treasurer as early as possible so that the payment of TA/DA will be made in advance for travelling arrangements. It was decided that Pakistan Sports Board will provide facilities, TA/DA, tracksuits, joggers and playing kits.

All the participating units have been advised to nominate their focal persons, who will liaison with the organising committee and his respective unit. The units assured nomination of their focal person on priority basis. However, during the meeting some units intimated the names of their focal persons as under: Azmat Ali Changezi (Gilgit Baltistan), Irshad Ali Makhdoom (Sindh), Aziz Ullah Khan (KP), Muhammad Ayub Khan (FATA), Abdul Ghafoor Baloch (Balochistan) and Asghar Niazi (, Islamabad).

It was also decided that all the focal persons should report to the PSB on December 22 in connection with the preparatory. It was unanimously decided that the age limit of the participating players will be under-25 year up to December 31. However, the Director General PSB will be competent authority for age relaxation of the player in special cases. The player of a province, residing or studying in any other province shall be eligible to play for that province. The departmental players are not eligible to participate.

The house was informed that President and Prime Minister are invited as chief guests at the opening and closing ceremonies, respectively. Rehearsal will be held prior to the actual games. The PSB will make arrangements for establishment of food stalls in Pakistan Sports Complex, for the convenience of the participating teams.

Top positions would be determined on the basis of medals instead of points in different competitions and the medal winners will be awarded cash prizes.

Farooq Khan (Sindh), Syed Sqlain Shah (KPK), Ayub Khan (FATA), Malik Waqar Hussain (Punjab), Asmat Ali Changezi (Gilgit-Baltistan), Asghar Niazi (ICT), Javed Iqbal (AJK), Ghafoor Baloch (Balochistan), all DDG’s of Pakistan Sports Board along with director media Muhammad Azam Dar attended the meeting.

A meeting of the steering committee will be convened shortly under the chairmanship of Mian Riaz Husain Pirzada, Federal Minister for IPC for taking policy decision in connection with the successful organisation of the Games.