The head of the POA authorized to discuss with the government


KARACHI: The general body of the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) on Thursday authorized its leader, Lt. Gen. (ret’d) Arif Hasan, to enter into a constructive dialogue with the government, especially the prime minister, to resolve the issues that strained their working relationship.

According to a senior POA official, the chamber, while showing confidence in Arif Hasan’s leadership as POA chief, gave him full authority to meet with the prime minister and other authorities and resolve issues. which were created as a result of the Tokyo bombing. Olympic Games.

The official said the chamber told Arif there should be a “constructive dialogue” on the proposed national sports policy and the issue of mismanagement of the Tokyo Olympics. However, it was stressed that the dialogue should take into account the IOC Charter and the statutes of the national federations, the International Federations (IFs) and the POA.

Arif chaired the meeting virtually from the United States. According to a senior POA official, the military, navy, Pakistan Equestrian Federation (EFP), Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) and Pakistan Sailing Federation (PSAF) did not attend the meeting.

However, the official said PAF, WAPDA, Higher Education Commission (HEC), railways, police and the rest of the provincial Olympic federations and associations attended the meeting.

Representatives on duty from various units attended the meeting via zoom while some were physically present. The relationship between the POA and the government took a serious turn shortly after Pakistan’s comeback from the Tokyo Olympics last month. Shahbaz Gill, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, and IPC Minister Dr Fehmida Mirza held a press conference in Islamabad and called on Arif to step down.

In order to tell its version of the facts, the POA also wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, asking him to give his audience to the NOC. However, no response has yet been received by the NOC of the Prime Minister’s House. The general body of POA also discussed Pakistan’s participation in the Winter Olympics. Winter sports authorities informed the house that four athletes have qualified for the Winter Olympics, which will be hosted by Beijing early next year.

The 34th National Games were also discussed. The Balochistan Sports Secretary was invited to the meeting but did not attend. However, it was decided that, as the government of Balochistan claimed that 90% of the venues had been prepared, the NOC venues committee would travel to Quetta to inspect these venues in October. Sources have learned that the POA is planning to host the National Games in Quetta in September 2022 so Pakistan can prepare at least five months for the South Asian Games Pakistan is expected to host in Punjab in March 2023. The general body appreciated the government’s Kamyab Jawan program about which a detailed briefing was given at home by the representative of the HEC.

The performance of Tokyo Paralympic Games gold medalist Haider Ali was also appreciated by the house.

The house was also told that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Olympic Association elections were due and the POA chief said the elections should be held in accordance with the Constitution.

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