ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) will be initiating the process of insurance of sportspersons with State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan.

This was directed in the 86th Executive Committee meeting of PSB held here at the board, which was chaired by IPC minister Riaz Pirzada and attended by IPC secretary, PSB DG, Pakistan Table Tennis Federation president, secretary generals of hockey, kabaddi, weightlifting federations and other members.

The sources confirmed to The Nation that on the proposal of Acting Director General Amer Ali Ahmed, the committee directed to initiate the process of insurance of sportspersons with the State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan, as to make the entire process neat and clean, private insurance company services won’t be hired. It was decided to further negotiate with State Life Insurance about the entire process.

The sources further confirmed that initially the PSB will pay up to Rs 10 million for the insurance of players and after meeting with State Life high ups, minor things will be discussed and rules and criteria will be finalized. It was decided that IPC secretary will discuss and finalise the modalities with the State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan chairman immediately. The proposal tabled by Amer Ali was widely welcomed by the participants, as it was need of the hour, the sources added.

The sources further revealed that IPC minister Riaz Pirzada ordered the PSB DG to turn the five-kanal luxurious house, where former PSB DG Akhtar Ganjera is still residing, into first ever Sports University and start work immediately. The minister was off the view that the DG is living unlawfully and the place should be utilised for education and sports purposes.

Meanwhile, a number of controversial things were also removed from the agenda of the executive committee and things went smoothly. The sources were off the view that after long time, Riaz Pirzada was in different mood and wanted to leave on a high.

The agenda items were presented by the IPC secretary; the executive committee has directed the PSB to convene a joint meeting of the IPC ministry (sports wing), PSB, POA and concerned national sports federations to work out the modalities for holding the upcoming South Asian Games in Pakistan.

The committee decided that funds amounting to Rs 500,000 million should be distributed equally for repair/maintenance of the facilities and amongst the concerned NSFs to prepare the teams for effective preparation and participation in the South Asian Games. The committee also directed to ensure transparency, open competition and fulfillment of all formalities as per PPRA rules for undertaking refurbishment process of Pakistan Sports Complex.

The executive committee also approved the second hockey field in the name of former Olympian late Mansoor Ahmed, who died recently in Karachi, while a token grant of Rs 1 million in recognition of meritorious services rendered in the field of hockey will be paid to his family very soon. The committee also sanctioned Rs 1 million to former badminton player/coach Zarina Waqar, who has been under treatment at Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital, Lahore for the last five years.

The executive committee considered and approved the creation of post of Project Director for National Sports City (NSC), Narowal and Chief Engineer (Civil) for smooth functioning of the maintenance wing and ongoing development projects, as currently there is no qualified civil engineer in the PSB. The civil engineer will be provided by PWD and the Project Director will sit in Narowal, rather than proposed by the IPC secretary in Islamabad, as it makes no sense that the project is in other city and the director will sit in another city.

It was also discussed regarding the proposal tabled by IPC secretary for generating funds through public-private partnership strictly under rules of PSB. The committee decided that this will be examined in accordance with law and no action will be taken without issuance of advertisements as well as compliance of PPRA rules only related to sports activities.

The executive committee also endorsed distribution of funds amongst hockey and tennis players. The minutes of the previous meeting were confirmed on the basis that no objections were received from participants, however, the same will be subject to concurrence with rules.