ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Thursday announced the cash prizes for the notable position holders of the Quaid-e-A-Azam Inter Provincial Games to be held from April 4 to 7 during a meeting held under the chair of PSB Director General Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera.

The representatives of 12 federations attended the meeting, while PFF representation was missing. It turned out to be yet another waste-of-time-and-money meeting. The highly placed sources present during the meeting informed this scribe that 27 lunch boxes from highly expensive hotel was arranged to appease the representatives of the federations. Whopping Rs 25,000 were spent from national kitty for the lunch just to get desired backing from the attendees.

The sources said that it made no sense of conducting such meetings when entire process of inviting tenders and other relevant things were kept under complete secret. “The persons, who are allegedly involved in huge corruptions, are once again given nod of approval to conduct the games. A huge national exchequer is being spent on meager eye-washing exercises. Green hill, once again, managed to get contract of supplying tracksuits of third class quality like witnessed in the past. Despite a number of complaints regarding highly substandard stuff being used, the PSB DG is least bothered to look into the sorry affairs and looked highly determined to pass on benefits to blue-eyed persons.”

The sources added that an army of PSB Deputy Director Generals and other officials were also present during the meeting while PSB DG sought help from federations in smooth conduct of the event. “When already all the major decisions were made, and the event management firm was hired, near and dear ones were accommodated, then what was the use of chairing meetings every other day,” they questioned.

The sources present in the meeting informed The Nation that now the PSB DG wanted to get approval from the federations to appoint technical officials and volunteers, who would be mostly his blue-eyed ones and he would shower blessings on them. The secretaries of 12 national sports federations including athletics, badminton, boxing, hockey, judo, karate, squash, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball and wrestling attended the meeting, they said.

The cash prizes were also discussed and finalized during the meeting. “In single and team competitions, the cash prize for first position in individual games will be Rs 7,000, for second Rs 5,000 and for third Rs 3000. Rs 70,000 for football team champion, as it involved 20 players while Rs 50,000 for runners-up and Rs 30,000 for third place. Rs 56,000 cash award for hockey team champion, Rs 40,000 for runners-up and Rs 24,000 for third place. Similarly, Rs 42,000 cash for volleyball champion team, Rs 30,000 for runners-up and Rs 18,000 for third position holder team.

“Interestingly 13 events would be conducted in the so-called Quaid-e-Azam Games and Rs 130 amount was spared for them, but the majority of the amount would land in the pockets of same old persons, who have been plundering the national wealth with both hands for the last many years,” the sources said.

“M Azam Dar is the most experienced Director in the PSB, who has vast knowledge of communicating with the federations, but he was removed from director national federations and another close aide M Yousaf was given the charge. After sensing that without Azam Dar, it will be impossible to communicate with the federations, Azam was appointed as convener of Qauid-e-Azam Games,” the sources revealed.

The sources said that there were huge question marks on transparency of funds and where the mega amount would be utilized. “It is high time when Prime Minister should take notice and appoint a high-level committee empower to conduct detailed inquiry and ensure funds for Quaid Games should be utilised whole-solely on athletes rather than on a few certain individuals,” the sources concluded.