KARACHI: The first coordination meeting among Pakistan Olympic Association (POA), Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and all those sports federations whose teams would feature in this summer’s Asian Games was held at the Olympic House Lahore on Monday.
The meeting was chaired by the POA’s president Lt Gen (retd) Syed Arif Hasan. The representatives of 28 federations attended the meeting. In the meeting it was decided that every effort would be made to ensure that qualified and competent coaches train the teams and proceed to Indonesia with their squads for the continental event which would be held in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2.
The criteria of coaches accompanying the teams were also discussed. It was decided that only those coaches would be eligible who were properly qualified and were associated in the training process.
The federations would send their CVs to ascertain their eligibility, POA said in a press release on Tuesday. “This was done to eliminate the practice of favouritism and jeopardising the rights of those who work with the athletes throughout but at the end are dropped,” the release added.
The POA said that the meeting was held to decide the number of participants — male and female in individual and team sports who have qualified or have the potential to show good performance in the Asiad.
The meeting was also attended by Raja Zulifqar Akhtar, the representative of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB). It was decided that training camps would be organised by the PSB at the earliest so that the athletes got sufficient training and skills to produce the best results.
“The number of athletes proposed by the federations will be initially used in the team size calculator to be sent to the organising committee as a first step to facilitate the organisers to have an idea how many athletes and officials will be attending Asian Games,” it said.
It was also decided that a sub-committee under the chairman of the POA’s affiliation and constitution committee would review the participation of those games which were not affiliated with POA but have produced good results and were desirous of participating at their own expense under the umbrella of POA.This correspondent also learnt that the representatives of the federations briefed the meeting about their players’ strength and the chances they had in the Asiad.