KARACHI - The Sindh Tennis Association suffered a severe blow to its credibility after the financiers of Caltex Techron Pakistan Open Tennis decided to shift the event from Karachi to Islamabad where the championship will be held from December 25 to 31 at the PTF Complex. The Caltex Techron was the only competition held in Karachi with big prize money. Other events held in the city under the STA banner are ordinary ones carrying a meagre prize money of Rs 3000 to 5000. The players got less prize money from the events organised in the city and a big chunk of sponsorship amount went to holding the event and to the organising secretary who allegedly charges a substantial amount to organise matches. One of the reasons why Caltex decided to shift the event from Karachi is allegedly to be mismanagement of holding of the matches in the last Caltex championship and the demands of those who were involved in holding day to day matches. Local tennis players, who were the main beneficiary of the Caltex open because of good prize money that the championship carried, would suffer the most because it would not be economically viable for them to travel to Islamabad and stay there for the whole length of the event on ones own expenses. The organising secretary of the event is also expected to end up as a loser because of the decision of the Caltex to take the prestigious event to Islamabad. The STA organises six to seven local competitions carrying paltry amounts in prize money. Some of the individual events in those competitions are not even best of three sets but best of one set only. In the meantime, it has been learnt that Caltex Techron will hold a media conference at Islamabad on December 13 for the launching of the event there. Newly-elected President PTF Syed Kaleem Imam along with Manager Policy Government & Public Affairs Pakistan, Egypt, Middle East (Caltex) Amjad Shabbir will jointly hold a press conference regarding Caltex Techron Pakistan Open Tennis Championship which will be held at PTF Tennis Complex Islamabad December 25 to 31, the same time when the 31st National Games will be held at Peshawar. It is expected that the PTF with the approval of the sponsor may declare the championship as part of the National Games. A change in the KPK Tennis Association has already taken place after its president Abdul Samad left the association after recent election of the PTF. The KPK Sports Minister, it has been learnt, has already nominated one individual to look after the affairs of the game there. The new persons looking after the game in KPK may accept the PTF offer and declare the Caltex Pakistan Open as part of the National Games. Three events of the National Games have already been shifted away from Peshawar. They are rifle shooting to be held at The Gun Club Islamabad, football to be played at Islamabad and hockey to be held at Abbottabad.