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Sports and economics go hand in hand, says POA chief

Sports and economics go hand in hand,  says POA chief

KARACHI: Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) president retired Lt Gen Syed Arif Hasan on Sunday urged participants of the Olympic Council of Asia Adminis­tration Course to spread the knowledge that they have gained instead of confining it to this hall.

“Sports and economics are the two sectors that are being given priorities to boost economy of a nation which no other entity can contribute,” he told the participants at the closing ceremony of a week long course at a local hotel.

He said sports were not the domain of someone but collective efforts by three elements — athlete, association and government — were vital in transforming a healthy society.

It’s the responsibility of the government to provide infrastructure at union and tehsil levels which no other can do including the provincial associations, he said and added that it has become need of the hour after devolution.

Acknowledging Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiq­ui’s vision, the POA chief said it was he (Shoaib) who pioneered various projects at schools level with British Council, Karachi Youth Initiative etc.

Arif informed the commissioner that the POA has prepared a documentary titled ‘how all of us can work together’ and would be pleased to show him soon.

He further requested head of Sindh chief minister inspection team, Haji Muzaffar Ali Shujra, to lay focus on sports that can eliminate half of the city’s problems.

Congratulating participants of the course, he anno­unced to allot three more courses to Sindh with the financial assistance of the POA and provincial government. At the same time he asked the Sindh government to organise Beach Games in five or six disciplines sometime in Sept-Oct this year.

Speaking on the occasion, commissioner Karachi said sports administration was vital for promotion of sports.

He said sports were such a medium that bridge the gap and bring people together. In this regard, he said Pakistani flag can be hoisted and its national anthem played in India through sports.

He expressed optimism that after revival of cricket other international sports activities would also be revived soon.

The commissioner said ice has melted and the issues concerning the POA have been resolved by the government.

On the occasion, he also remembered late Sindh sports minister and the SOA president Dr Mohammad Ali Shah, with whom he had worked as secretary sports and youth affairs and carried out development work across the province.

In his speech Shujra lamented that negative politics has ruined sports and stressed that it should be kept away.

SOA president retired Brig Rashid Ali Malik welcomed the guests while secretary Ahmed Ali gave a resume of the course.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, M. Owais said attending the course was a blessing for all of us.

Later, the POA chief distributed certificates among the participants.

Pakistan Table Tennis Federation (PTTF) president S M Sibtain and Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) president Doda Khan Bhutto were among others who attended the ceremony. An Indian Judo coach Munawar Anzar, who is here on an official visit to promote blind judo, was also present on the occasion.

Published in Dawn, June 1st, 2015

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