Lahore, March 31, 2019: The POA General Council Meeting held today at Lahore and following matters have been discussed and decided in the meeting:
33rd National Games
All aspects of the holding of 33rd National Games allotted to Balochistan Olympic Association discussed in depth.
You will recall that these Games postponed a number of times for the last many years.
However due to certain logistical and administrative constraints of Balochistan, it felt by the house that the Games could not conduct in Quetta this year.
Holding of these Games this year is absolutely imperative to enable the Federations to be able to select their teams for 13th South Asian Games to hold in Kathmandu, Nepal in December, 2019.
It was therefore decided by the house that in the POA General Council Meeting the National Games would be shifted to KP in the month of October, 2019.
However in order to ensure that Balochistan does not lose its chance to hold the National Games they have been told to inform POA the moment they are ready in all aspects and 34th National Games will automatically be held by them next year.
The decision of the house was kindly agreed upon by Balochistan Olympic Association and Ahmed Raza, Secretary Sports, Government of Balochistan.
13th South Asian Games Nepal – 01 to 10 December, 2019
The 13th South Asian Games can bring the youth of neighbouring countries close for harmony and Peace through Sports.
The house urged the Government of Pakistan to support the preparations and participation of a comprehensive contingent for these Games.
Other unanimous decisions taken in the meeting were Elections of 16 Individual Members and ratification of the proposed POA Election Commission and Election Appellate Tribunal.
POA General Council Meeting/The unanimously elected individual members are:
Hafiz Salman Butt
Syed Muhammad Abid Qadri
Ihtesham Ul Haq
Iftikhar Ahmad Tabassum
Veena Salman Masud
Begum Ishrat Ashraf
Ambreen Iftikhar Malik
The renewed Election Commission of POA is:
Justice (Retd) Qazi Ehsaan Ullah Qureshi Chairman
(Former Justice Peshawar High Court & Chief of Northern Court)
Manzoor Ul Hassan, Senior Member (Former Olympian Hockey)
Lt Col (R) Khalid Hussain, TI(M) Member
(Former Secretary (G-I) Army Sports Directorate)
Saeed Iqbal Khan Member
(Former Vice President Pakistan Railways Sports Board)
Ali Raza, Senior Legal Advisor POA Member
(Ex-officio as per Rule 2 of Election Rules of POA)
Parvaiz Ahmad Secretary
(Former Vice President Pakistan Gymnastics Federation)
POA General Council Meeting/The Election Appellate Tribunal is:
Muhammad Hanif Khatana Chairman Former Advocate General Punjab
Col (R) Mudassir Asghar Member, Former Olympian / Ex-secretary PHF
Ali Raza, Senior Legal Advisor POA, Member/Secretary
The house also agreed to enhance and adopt the Gender Equality, Counter – Competition Manipulation measures and other good governance policies within Federations and Associations.
The merger of FATA Olympic Association into KP Olympic Association has formally approved following the 25th Amendment to the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. —- Pakistan Olympic Association
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