Pakistan senate tells sports chiefs to quit


Karachi : Pakistan’s Senate Monday gave an August 20 deadline to senior officials of several national sports federations to quit office as they have already completed a maximum of two terms allowed under the National Sports Policy.

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“We have made it clear that if the officials do not quit and hold fresh elections by August 20 they would be regarded as illegal and the Sports Ministry will take appropriate action against them,” said Baig, a member of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

Pakistan sport is in a shambles, something that is evident from the country’s contingent for the Beijing Olympics Games. Only the country’s hockey team has qualified while just four other sportspersons will be representing the country in the Olympics, courtesy wild-cards awarded by the International Olympic Committee.

Baig believes that Pakistan’s under-performing sports administrators are to be blamed for the poor state of sports in the country.

He said the Senate has summoned a gathering of all stakeholders in capital Islamabad on August 30 to carry the probe into national sports to the next level.

Among the people summoned for the meeting are the country’s Education Minister, sports ministers of all four provinces, the chief of the state-owned Pakistan Television (PTV), presidents of various sports federations, former hockey and squash legends and leading journalists.

“We have to sit down together and talk about all that’s wrong in our sports,” said Baig, an outspoken Senator from Karachi. “Then only can we find ways to come out of this mess and take Pakistan sports to where it truly belongs,” he said.