Renowned sports journalists who were nominated for the Sports Journalist of the Year award walked out of the inaugural edition of Pakistan Sports Awards due to horrible mismanagement at the event.
Nominees, guests and media-persons had to suffer due to the VVIP movement at the Governor House Sindh in Karachi, which was the venue for the first Pakistan Sports Awards.
Sports personalities, journalists and other guests along with their families had to wait for hours before they were allowed to get in the venue due to the inefficient management, who did not provide complete list of attendants to the security personnels beforehand.
Rasheed Shakoor, a well-known name in Pakistan’s sports fraternity, won the award for the Sports Journalist of the Year, but he was not present at the event as he was denied entry at the venue and he preferred respect over the award.
Respect is more important than any award #sportsawards
— Rasheed shakoor (@rasheedshakoor) March 16, 2019
On the other hand, Shahid Hashmi, a household name in Pakistan’s media when it comes to sports reporting, was a member of jury, but he also suffered a similar fate. He called it an ‘insult’ to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of Naya Pakistan.
A good initiative of Sports awards by Shoaib Malik was spoiled in a Purana Pakistan style at governor house .. unnecessary protocols at the main gate.,misbehaviour of security staff with journalists, nominees who walked out… insult of PM Imran khan’s vision of Naya Pakistan !
— Shahid Hashmi (@hashmi_shahid) March 16, 2019
Faizan Lakhani was another nominee for the Sports Journalist of the Year award, who waited long outside the Gate no.1 of Governor House, but eventually decided to leave.
He retweeted Shahid Hashmi’s tweet and also revealed that the families of political and VVIP figures were seated at the event, but the respected nominees had to stand throughout the ceremony.
A good event and a great initiative by @realshoaibmalik and @AmeemHaq was ruined by the governor house. Most of the sportsmen and nominees were made to sit on backseats while political VVIPs took the front seats. Some nominees couldn’t even get a seat. https://t.co/VfEKQIWcfx
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) March 16, 2019
There were athletes, male and female both, wearing the honourable blazer of Pakistan looking towards security personnels to let them enter the venue so that they receive the respect they richly deserve.