LAHORE - The Punjab Olympics Association has changed the dates of the Punjab Games to accommodate camp training of the provincial players preparing for the National Games to be held in Peshawar. The general council meeting of the PbOA met here at the National Hockey Stadium and took several decision regarding the holding of the Punjab Games, holding of different camps and the organisation of the Inter-school and Collegiate Games. Addressing a press conference Syed Shahid Ali, president PbOA, said that Punjab Games will now be held from December 12 to 14 instead of October 10 to 12. Giving reasons for the postponement, he said that the camp training of the National Games disciplines will start in the provincial capital from October 5. "The decision to hold the camps here was taken to closely monitor the training of the players. All the associations have been asked to give improved performance from the previous games," he added. Shahid said that a committee under sports secretary Rao Iftikhar will monitor the camp training of the players so that the Punjab players return with better results from last time. Idris Haider, secretary PbOA, further said that the Inter-school and Collegiate Games will be held from November 2 to 6 at Lahore in which 15 disciplines will be contested at different venues. He informed that Tania Malik, associate secretary of the association, will look after the games. Tania informed that in the previous Inter-school and Collegiate Games 100 institutes participated with nearly 1000 athletes and now she expect over 1500 players participation from both public and private institutes. "By holding such games we get good base as previously Punjab got three good athletes which are being trained to represent the province and this time too we hope to have better participation," she added. Shahid said that sports is not being taken seriously and also gave example of India. "We lack infrastructure and funds but the Punjab government has allocated a lot of money for the betterment of sports and the players. Speaking on the occasion, Rao Iftikhar said that cash awards will be given to the medal winning athletes. He said that the Punjab government has increased the annual association grant to Rs 200,000 and have also made it mandatory to extend affiliation to all the districts of the province. "We want the association to have 51 per cent affiliation from division, to district and tehsil level," he said. He added that the PSB will monitor the performance of the associations. Rao said that the Punjab sports department will soon have a complete multi-purpose sporting facility.