KARACHI: An important meeting of Sindh sports department will be held on Friday (tomorrow) to review the preparation of 17th Sindh Games in Karachi, likely to be held in the last week of February.
The meeting will be chaired by provincial sports minister Muhammad Bux Mehar, ‘The International News’ learnt on Wednesday. The provincial secretary sports, members of the organising committee, Sindh Sports Board officials, PSB national coaching centre administration, and representatives of various associations will participate in the meeting.
It is pertinent to note that the Sindh Games have been delayed for the past five years. It is expected that the minister will announce the final schedule of the Games and other details.
Sindh Games are being organised on the directives of Sindh Chief Minister Abdullah Murad. When he was informed that the Sindh Games had been delayed for five years, he directed the sports department to organise the Games at the earliest.
Sources in the Sindh government said that tentative dates of the Sindh Games were February 25-28. Around 4000 boys and girls will participate from the six divisions of the province.
Sindh Games were last held in 2012. Sindh Sports Board (SSB) is doing all the arrangements. SSB is also seeking the help of Sindh Olympic Association (SOA) in organising various events but it will be restricted to technical aspects.
Informed sources said that open tenders would be called to keep the conduct of Sindh Games clean and prevent any corruption charges.It was learnt that those sports associations who are not elected and don’t organise competitions regularly are creating problems for the organisers.
The venues for the events will be Pakistan Sports Board’s centre, KPT Sports Complex, People’s Stadium and KMC football stadium. A couple of meetings were chaired by secretary sports Dr Niaz Ali Abbasi during the last couple of weeks to discuss the arrangements.