ISLAMABAD -


The General Council meeting of Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) was held at the local hotel under the chair of POA Interim Committee president Asif Bajwa on Saturday. It was decided in the meeting to disaffiliate the federations, who attended illegal meeting convened by Lt Gen (R) Syed Arif Hasan at the Olympic House Lahore.
"We have also banned the officials, who attended Airf Hasan's meeting from participating in any sports activity in any capacity for a period of five years," Asif Bajwa told media after chairing the general council meeting of POA attended by the representatives of numerous national sports federations.
The Pakistan Olympic Association Interim Committee in a letter had already warned the federations to stay away from the illegal meeting convened by Gen Arif and warned a stern action in case of violation.
Bajwa said that a list of legitimate federations would be sent to Pakistan Sports Board. "From now onwards only the legitimate federations would avail the facilities provided by the PSB," he said. Bajwa said a letter would be written to the heads of the departments, whose officials had attended General Arif's illegal meeting, seeking a reply from them as why their departments had violated government's directions in this regard.”
He said PSB had released grant to the Interim Committee of POA to organise the National Games and three-member committee comprising Director General Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Syed Amir Hamza Gillani, Secretary Interim Committee of Pakistan Olympic Association Rana Mujhaid and Deputy Secretary Sports of Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) had been formed to monitor the utilization of the funds allocated for the National Games.
During general council meeting, the arrangements for the 32nd National Games scheduled to start from June 28 to July 4 were discussed in detail and decided that male events would feature in 27 disciplines, while women athletes would show their prowess in 11 disciplines. Male/female would compete in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cycling, Hockey, Judo, Netball, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis and Taekwondo, while male players would compete in Baseball, Bodybuilding, Boxing, Golf, Gymnastic, Kabaddi, Karate, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Snooker, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Tug of War and Volleyball.
A total of 20 federations, four departments, Army, PAF, Navy and Railway, three provinces, Sindh, Balochistan and KPK, while Fata, Islamabad and Gilgit/Baltistan have also confirmed their participation, while Punjab and Wapda are the major names missing from the competitors list, as they have not confirmed participation yet, but organisers are hopeful they would turn up for the Games.