ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) Monday said a delegation from Pakistan, will be visiting India in January to monitor the security situation there and judge whether it is safe for the national contingent to participate in South Asian Games or not.
POA secretary Khalid Mehmood said that in a meeting with Indian counterpart, the security concerns of Pakistani contingent for South Asian Games were discussed and Indians had assured of foolproof security. “We had a meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Washington on October 29 to 30, and in this meeting we had raised the very issue with our Indian counterpart,” he said, adding, “We will also convey the outcome of our meeting to the Government of Pakistan and then will decide about the national contingent’s participation in the Games.”
Khalid said the fate of Pakistan’s participation in the event will be decided after the government’s approval. “The visiting Pakistani delegation will include one official each of the government, POA and the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination,” he said, adding, the final decision will be taken after the consent of the government.
It is pertinent to mention that earlier representatives of national sports federations had expressed their unwillingness and reservations over participation in the Games due to Shiv Sena threats and India’s persistent refusal to play scheduled cricket series with Pakistan.
The federations, who expressed their unwillingness over participation in the Games, included Pakistan Wrestling Federation, Pakistan Wushu Federation, Pakistan Weightlifting Federation, Pakistan Cycling Federation and Pakistan Kabaddi Federation.
They said the Games should be conducted in a way where Pakistanis were given full protocol and respect. “In this way the hatred caused after the Pakistan-India cricket series issue, might get low,” they underlined.