ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) patron Senator Syed Dilawar Abbas Monday said that the federal and provincial governments should play their vital role in saving the fast declining sports of the country.

Dilawar, who is also Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) vice president, will leave for Bangkok to chair the ATF committee meeting to be held on October 19.

Talking to The Nation on Monday, the PTF patron said: “Pakistan tennis has been suffering because of the ongoing rift between the two POAs and negative steps taken by the authorities by not letting Pakistan tennis team to participate in the 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games in Palembang Indonesia where they were No 1 seeds. In fact, Pakistan was also the defending champion of the Games and has a very bright chance of retaining the title and can win gold and silver medals in both male and female categories.”

He said that it was unfortunate that Pakistan players had been deprived of taking part in that international competition where the team could have given very encouraging results. “The team was stopped at the airport due to one created POA scoring points on the other. We have very talented and capable players, who can bring laurels for the country but some disgruntled persons are damaging the cause of sports in Pakistan just for their vested interests. It is really unfortunate that neither the federal government nor the provincial governments are looking after the interests of the sports,” he added.

“After the 4th October meeting of International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Switzerland, it is a golden chance for both the POAs as well as the PSB and IPC Ministry to resolve the issue amicably to save the country’s sports which is already on the verge of decline,” Dilawar concluded.