POA, Federations, Associations responsible for Pak poor show in Olympics: Dr Fahmida

The Nation  |  Sep 27, 2021

PESHAWAR - Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Dr Fahmida Mirza has said that the Pakistan Olympic Association, Federations, and Associations are responsible for Pakistan’s poor performance in the Tokyo Olympic-2020-21. 

Talking to media men, she blamed the POA for taking no steps as far as winning back name and fame for Pakistan. “Sitting from the last 17 years but did nothing for the promotion of sports in Pakistan rather working for their own interest instead of sports betterment,” she said. “We are working to have a new sports policy and after the implementation of the same, sports related issues will be resolved in a better way and through that Policy the government would be able to bring the derailed sports back on track to progress,” Dr Femida added.

“Search for talent at schools and college levels will be made to promote sports and bring talent to the fore besides under the new sports policy, proper mechanism will be established so that we could be able to bring back our talented youth to the mainstream. “Pakistan is blessed with full of God gifted talent in all games but the international politics and like dislike vanishes all such talent before it comes to the provincial and national level. 

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“It must be stopped and that is why steps have been taken in light of the vision of the Prime Minister who instructed us to take and safeguard the talented youth of Pakistan from such sports politics. “We are going to introduce equal opportunities for the youth of Pakistan irrespective of indulging into Punjabi, Sindhi or Pashtun Politics. Now practical steps are being taken to promote sports across the country as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. After the implementation of the new policy in the country, sports related issues will be resolved in a better way,” she added.

Asked about the worst performance in the Olympics, the Federal Minister said the POA is responsible for the poor performance in the Olympics. “It is unfortunate that personalities have taken over the institutions here but it will not happen now,” she said, adding that no sports policy has been formulated in the country since 2005. Due to lack of communication, no proper steps have been taken to bring talent to the fore that is why the PM is bringing a new policy by taking personal interest so as to make everyone accountable, Dr Fehmida said. 

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