KARACHI - Federal Minister for Sports Najamuddin Khan has advised aged and sick officials in various national federations to make way for the youngsters who could serve sports in better way. The minister stated this while addressing a joint a new briefing with new PHF secretary former Olympian Asif Bajwa here Thursday at the Hockey Club of Pakistan after presiding over a meeting with PHF officials and representatives from Punjab, Sindh and NWFP in which he discussed redevelopment of the HCP and matters relating to rejuvenating the national sport. Responding to a question that three important officials of the Pakistan Boxing Federation were either too old to hold the office or were too sick yet they were sticking to their offices and not contributing in the promotion of the sports. Giving a gaze at the PHF secretary Asif Bajwa, he said he would advise those kind of people to make way for the younger lot who could serve the sports better and work harder. Bajwa is said to be his nominee as the secretary PHF in place of hockey stalwart Khalid Mahmood. Zahir Shah, secretary NWFP hockey association, Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan of Sindh and Rana Mujahid also attended the meeting and were at the press briefing. The minister, who is holding the charge of sports in the Federal Cabinet said though there were official instructions that one person could not hold offices in national federations for more than two terms, yet they had not followed the official instructions. He said he would enforce the restriction on holding offices more times than officially declared. He said he had already told officials of national federations to deliver because all the federations were facing a lot of problem and they had to work hard to improve overall standard of sports. Pakistan was one of the leading sports nation in the region but it had lost much of its reputation because most of the national federation had failed o deliver. He said he had vowed to improve the functioning of national federations. Asif Bajwa making his first contacts with local media persons after taking over the administration of the PHF disclosed that on the request of the PHF, the minister had assured all support to the PHF for the promotion of the game. The minister, he said, had agreed to discuss with the prime minister, who is also the patron of the PHF, for setting up an annual special grants of Rs 60 million which would take care of the financial worries of the PHF. Commenting on the issue of lease of the HCP, the new PHF secretary said the HCP was given on lease to PHF in 1993 and only some formalities were remaining to be completed to firm the lease. The minister had also been very kind to double the annual grant of the PHF from Rs. 25 lacs to Rs. 50 lacs. He declared that the HCP was a historical stadium and the PHF would not at any cost surrender it and instead the venue would be brought back to its old glory. He said the PC1 for the future development plans of the stadium had already been prepared and sent to concerned ministry for approval. Once the PC1 was approved the money of Rs. 160 million approved and recently released would be spent on the development of the ground. Efforts, he said, would also be made to reclaim the training ground which had been taken over by the corps commanders office . He said he would redevelop the HCP again into an international venue where in the past many prestigious events were held.