Lahore: After the successful launch of 33rd National Games, proposals are ready to be presented in the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) Sports Commission meeting. It’s been decided to increase the strength of Provincial Olympic Association squad and daily allowance for players, a list of 38 games is being proposed which includes games like Chess, Canoeing and Throw-ball. The later sports have been included on the recommendations of Balochistan government and the Balochistan Olympic Association on demonstration basis. The final decision will be taken during the POA general council meeting.
The president POA Lt. Gen(R) Syed Arif Hassan on the other end has instructed all the player associations to start preparations for the National Games to achieve fruitful results. According to details POA Sports Commission has been successful in finalizing the National Games scheduled in Balochistan during the current year. Recently a meeting of POA Sports Commission was held in this connection and presided by KPK Olympic Association president Syed Aqil Shah, others present at this occasion were POA president Lt. Gen® Syed Arif Hassan, Secretary Khalid Mahmood, Treasurer POA Muhammad Shafiq and secretaries of various sports departments and associations.
During the meeting instructions were passed on to all the four provincial Olympic Associations to confine their squads to 400 players which is a 100 more than the previous games. Similarly it was decided to increase the daily allowance of players and officials during the Quetta games as it was due for quite some time. It was also decided to include Gilgit and Baltistan in the games with an initial squad of 100. In this meeting recommendations for change in certain rules in National Games were also put forward.
The POA president Lt. Gen(R) Syed Arif Hassan told the participants that “We’ve been given assurance by the Balochistan government for a successful launch of the event and we hope to complete all our preparations before the start of the event with the collaboration of Balochistan Olympic Association.” He said 38 games have been included in the National Games and the matter of affiliating ‘Canoeing Federation’ with POA is under consideration, in case POA General Council allows this Body’s affiliation then it would be included as a Regular Game otherwise it would be taken as a Demonstration game.
At this occasion, condolences were offered on the sad demise of social activist and philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi and members of the sports organizations were requested to develop a spirit of dedication and commitment following his footsteps to attain real success.