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An emergent executive committee meeting of the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) revolved around the Pakistani Contingent for XXII Commonwealth Games, Birmingham (England), and the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games, Konya (Turkey) in particular the arbitrary cuts, imposed by Pakistan Sports Board (SBP) with no rationale whatsoever and without consulting any of the stakeholders.
The Executive Committee (EC), held under the chairmanship of POA President Lt Gen (R) Syed Arif Hasan, expressed serious concerns at the irrational and drastic reductions in the athletes and in some cases the replacement of officials other than those recommended by the federations, said POA Secretary Muhammad Khalid Mahmood here on Monday.
This reduction without any cogent or plausible reason was noted by the Athlete’s Commission representative, who termed this a very unfortunate development for those athletes, who were working hard for years. The EC noted with great concern that these actions by the PSB and that too at this very belated stage have put in peril their participation leaving no choice but to opt for high-cost travelling and other arrangements.
“The EC was unanimous that the rights of all such athletes will be protected and supported by POA and NSFs ensuring their participation. The EC was of the considered opinion that medals at international levels can only be won if the athletes are provided with enough and regular opportunities at international level for training and competitions,” he said.
The POA official said the Chief Medical Officer registered with organising committee since last six months and working with concerned departments/individuals for medical, doping and Covid issues of Pakistan contingent had also been excluded. It was noted that while the athletes were dropped, the PSB officials/staff were included in disproportionate numbers.
Khalid said the EC recalled the recent past, when athletes lacked support from the PSB. This aspect was brought to the notice of IPC Minister Ehsan ur Rehman Mizari by the POA with the request that since the PSB had refused to support the athletes, the POA and the federations would try to finance them on their own. The IPC Minister, acceding to the request, extended valuable support to send athletes at the mega events to represent Pakistan. “The EC thanked the Minister for his understanding and support which was always forthcoming,” he asserted.
The house also stressed that all preventive measures should be in place to safeguard Pakistan contingent from Covid 19. The POA secretary said the EC also considered the reports circulating in the media regarding selection of athlete(s) and noted that all the athletes have been accredited upon the recommendation of their respective National Sports Federations and in some case(s) by their departments particularly those departments, who are affiliated with POA and are holding the title of national champions in the respective sports.
The EC reviewed the situation of the Olympic Movement in Pakistan. The members noted that POA and Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination are engaged in a positive manner leading to resolution of issues and to uphold the Olympic Charter in Pakistan. The EC especially appreciated the role of IPC Minister in his efforts to remedy past issues.
The EC authorized POA President Lt Gen (R) Syed Arif Hasan to share the recent developments with all stakeholders including IOC and simultaneously, continue dialogue with IPC Minister Ehsan ur Rehman Mizari. “The EC took note of the status of the elections and other constitutional prerequisites necessary for the members of POA to attain and retain affiliation with POA,” he said.
Khalid said the house reiterated that there will be no tolerance for use of prohibited substances and urged NFSs to regularly conduct awareness programs and tests. “The house appreciated increase in the conduct of doping tests of athletes participating in international events. The EC noted that the cover up for the three adverse analytical findings and anti-doping rules violations coupled with attempts to create a parallel body to National Anti–Doping Organization in Pakistan led to a surge in doping case,” he added.

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