ISLAMABAD – President Pakistan Olympics Association (POA) Major General (R) Arif Hasan, who is enjoying his third term and 13th year in the office, has said the Supreme Court decision regarding holding of office for third does not apply on POA.

“We fully respect Supreme Court judgment regarding decision on holding of office for the third term. In that verdict honourable court has clearly mentioned in paragraph 10 respondent number 5 that the current policy doesn’t apply on Pakistan Olympics Association, so it has nothing to do with the office bearers of POA.”

Talking to journalist in ‘Meet the Press’ programme organised by Rawalpindi Islamabad Sports Journalists Association at PSB Media Centre on Thursday, Arif said the POA had no issues over implementation of rules and regulations. However the POA chief made it clear that they had strong reservations on the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) policies, which had made amendments in the 2005 Sports Policy without the approval of the any general council meeting in a bid to impose their own decisions on the affiliated federations. He said that former sports minister Pir Aftab Shah Jillani had clearly said publicly at that time that no such decisions would be imposed and all policies, which could harm the federations or players, would be reverted.

“We, at the POA, are completely functioning in line with the International Olympics Committee’s (IOC) rules and regulations and we can’t even think of by passing or made any amendment without their consent. If we want to amend the laws, we are to send proposal to the IOC and upon its approval we can make amendments. We have to follow its decisions otherwise the IOC can even ban Pakistani athletes from participating in international events. In IOC rules and regulations everything is clearly mentioned, even government or any other influential authority can’t force or dictate us in this regard.”

Arif completely rubbished the claims regarding holding of fresh POA elections after court verdict. He invited all federation heads to work jointly for the betterment of sports and players, and said that he was ready to work with everyone to take Pakistan to new heights in sports world.

About Pakistan’s participation in London Olympics, Arif said Syed Aqil Shah would be the chef de mission of Pakistani contingent consisting 45 to 50 members including 22 to 26 hockey players and officials.

He said that so far two athletes had already qualified for the Olympics while two swimmers would also accompany the contingent while there were trials underway to select one shooter for the event.