LAHORE - Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) secretary Khalid Mahmood Thursday said that they would send their security delegation to review security situation in India before reaching a decision in consultation with the government regarding Pakistan's participation in the next year's SAF Games which India will host in February.

"Our security delegation will be visiting India next month in the backdrop of the threats of an Indian extremists’ party to review security situation there and to look into various aspects related to safety and security of our athletes on and off the field in case we participate in the Games," he said.

Khalid said the security delegation would put up its recommendations to the POA authorities who would be forwarding them to the government's quarters concerned to decide about Pakistani delegation participation in the Games.

He said the POA was in touch with the government as far participation of home athletes was concerned in the Games and it would fully follow the government’s decision in this regard. "As many as 500 men and women athletes from Pakistan will be taking part in the Games and we cannot risk their safety as their lives are more important than the Games," he said and added: “Our top most priority is not to compromise on any issue and to fully obey direction of the Government."

The POA official called upon on exchanging frequent sport ties between Pakistan but also emphasized the need to ensure that country's remains intact while visiting India. "I think a final decision regarding Pakistan's participation in the Games is mostly likely to be taken in the first week of next month. It is the dire need of the time that both the countries maintain their relations in sports field in the larger interest of the games in the sub-continent."

He said home athletes are preparing for the Games at various training camps functioning under the supervision of National sports federations and the national Olympic Committee is extending all out cooperation to achieve a collective cause of fetching medals in the Games.

"What is most important is the safety of the athletes and if they participation in the games with a mind set of threat to their life they would not be able to give their best," he said. Around 4000 athletes are likely to take part in the Games.