ISLAMABAD The Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) has decided to monitor the performance of coaches during the on-going training camps, which are aiming to train the national athletes for the 11th South Asian Games that will be held at Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 29 to February 8, 2010. An official of the PSB told TheNation here Friday that the PSB high-ups held a meeting with the national coaches and discussed various issues to enhance the standard of the coaching in the country. The director general PSB directed to national coaches to work properly to achieve the required results and their performance will be monitored day to day, he added. On this occasion, Director Academic Wing Dr Abdul Waheed Mughal briefed the coaches and set targets for them. There are only 84 days for the coach to train the athletes. Pakistans first target is to attain second position in the regional games of eight countries, which they gained in pervious two editions including Islamabad South Asian Federation Games 2004 and Colombo South Asian Games 2006, he said. He said that Pakistan earned 41 gold, 43 silver and 72 bronze medals in the 10th South Asian Games 2006 following India, who had claimed 117 gold, 69 silvers and 45 bronze medals. In the 9th edition of the games, Pakistan were also behind India with 38 gold, 55 silvers and 50 bronze medals at home venues. Pakistan were at 4th rung with 10 gold, 36 silvers and 30 bronze medals in the 8th Kathmandu Games 1999, he maintained. Responding to a question, he said that the training camps had been running in three major cities including Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi since November 1 under the tight security. Over 150 outfits have reported in the camps. However, athletics camps have yet to start at Jinnah Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex, he added. Swimming (M&W), badminton (m&w), basketball (m), cycling (w), handball (m), karate (w), squash (m), taekwondo (m&w), weightlifting (m), wrestling (m), wushu (m&w), judo (m) are in progress at Pakistan Sports Complex while boxing (m), table tennis (M&W) at Karachi centre. Lahore is hosting cycling (m), kabaddi (m) and karate (M) camps. Volleyball camp have been shifted to Islamabad from Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF) Wah Cantt, he informed. He said that the PSB chief also advised the coaches to close their training session before sunset. The male and female players will not be allowed to leave the hostel at night, as coaches and player will be given internet and other facilities in the premises of the Pakistan Sports Complex, he disclosed. Later, a coach on anonymity told TheNation that the DG, PSB asked coaches to select the players on merit. The coach may pick up a youngster who has not been invited for the camp and has abilities to excel at South Asian level. Trials and selection process should be transparent because it is mandatory to achieve target, he added.