ISLAMABAD - The long march of political parties is all set to cost the country’s sports dearly.

At a time when no international team or individual is ready to travel to Pakistan to play against the hosts, a few federations, which despite security hazards, have managed to attract foreign teams and international events in the federal capital, but all their good work can be spoiled due to the delicate situation of the capital.

Pakistan is all set to host South Asian Table Tennis event in Islamabad, in which the teams from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives besides hosts Pakistan, have to take part, but due to closure of roads and entrance of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), it looks highly unlikely, the event can be conducted as only a week has left in hosting the event which is scheduled to be held from August 27-29 here at Pakistan Sports Complex. The organisers have made all the arrangements including accommodation of the teams.

Another high-profile event $10,000 PSA Squash is also just round the corner with qualifying round matches starts on August 21. This event now may be held in Lahore.

Meanwhile, PTF patron Senator Syed Dilawar Abbas and the management committee of the 4th Syed Tajammul Abbas Memorial National Ranking Tennis Tournament has decided to postpone the championship, which was set to start from August 20 due to uncertain security situation.

It is high time the government must intervene and resolve the crises as early as possible, otherwise, the immediate future of international sports in Pakistan looks very bleak.