LAHORE The preparations to hold the 71st Punjab Games in a befitting manner are being given final touches, officials said on Wednesday. The Punjab Olympics Association called the meeting of all the stakeholders - secretaries of the associations, sport board and government officials to streamline its plan to hold the games. The meeting was chaired by Syed Shahid Ali, president of the PbOA. Senior vice president of the association Malik Iftikhar was also present on the occasion along with the CM task force officials. Talking to journalists here, secretary PbOA Khawaja Idris Haider informed that they have finalised disciplines for the games and the venues where the events will be held. He said that the meeting officials finalized that the sports disciplines, venues of competition for the 71st Punjab Games scheduled on September 18 to 20. Earlier, the games were postponed due to the delay in the release of the funds from the government but the funds now has been released and it is time to finalise other things, he added. He informed that 20 male events will be held while females will compete in eight disciplines. He said that Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif will be the chief guest of the opening ceremony on September 18 while Governor Punjab Salman Taseer will be the guest of the closing ceremony on the September 20 while the athletes of the eight zones will arrive here on the September 17. Idris further informed that a total of about 3000 athletes and officials will participate in this three-day activity. We have directed all the districts to hold competitions ahead of the Games to prepare a strong team, said he. He further said that the zones competing in the games are Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Multanm Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan. The Sports Disciplines and venues as under:- Male events and venue: Athletics Punjab Stadium, Basketball Govt. College University, Bodybuilding Al-Hamra, Boxing Islamia College Civil Lines, Cycling Velodrome, Football Readers Football Club Faisal Town /C D Block Faisal Town, Gymnastics Islamia College Civil Lines, Hockey National Hockey Stadium, Karate PSB-Coaching Centre, Lawn Tennis Jinnah Bagh, Lahore, Rugby at D H A ground Lahore Cantt., Rowing Machine Punjab Commerce College / Govt Science College, Squash Punjab Squash Complex, Swimming FC College Swimming Pool, Kabaddi Punjab University Old Campus, Wrestling Punjab Commerce College, Weightlifting Punjab University Old Campus, Wushu PSB-Coaching Centre and Canoeing Minar-a-Pakistan Lake. Female events venues: Athletics Punjab Stadium, Baseball Govt Physical College (W) Town ship, Badminton New Khan Hall, Judo PSB-Coaching Centre, Table Tennis PSB-Coaching Centre, Taekwondo G.C Wahdat Road, Gymnastic Govt. College University and Volleyball Govt Physical College (W) Town ship.