Shinwari elected as President FATA Olympic Association


Peshawar—Shahid Khan Shinwari and Rehmat Gul Afridi Sunday elected as President and Secretary General of the FATA Olympic Association respectively in a election meeting held under the aegis of Pakistan Olympic Association for the next four-year term.
Nominated by the President Pakistan Olympic Association Lt. Gen (Retd) Arif Hassan, Syed Iqbal Khan acted as Chairman Election Commission with other members of the election commission comprising Olympian hockey full-back legendary Manzoor-ul-Hassan and Secretary General POA Khalid Mehmood acted as observer.
A nominee of the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs FATA Hayatuzaman, representatives from various sports associations affiliated with FATA Olympic Association attended the meeting held in a local hotel on Sunday.
The election was held in cordial atmosphere with former sports minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Vice President Pakistan Olympic Association Syed Aqil Shah, Secretary Pakistan Archery Federation Wisal Muhammad, President KP Snooker Association Zulfiqar Butt also attended the meeting as guests. Syed Aqil Shah has played a key role in bringing both groups of FATA to one platform and conducted a re-election under the aegis of POA.
Speaking on this occasion, Syed Aqil congratulated the newly elected office-bearers of the FATA Olympic Association and termed the election as new beginning.
He said the youth of FATA had suffered a lot and now POA would take it alongside for the sports promotion in FATA as the youth have great talent of various sports. He said steps would be taken to hold KP-FATA Games very soon.
Khalid Mehmood on this occasion lauded all arrangement made for the election by Shahid Khan Shinwari. He said FATA Olympic Association would be taken onboard in POA affairs besides coaching clinics and other refreshes courses would be organized to facilitate FATA youth.
He also announced that after every two-year FATA Games would be organized with the collaboration of FATA Olympic Association and Pakistan Olympic Association. He said President POA is very keen in extending all out support to the youth of FATA and FATA Olympic Association. He said the youth of FATA had suffered badly during insurgency and militancy.
Newly elected President FOA Shahid Khan thanked the house for reposing confidence in him and assured that like in the past he would continue his efforts for the promotion of sports in FATA. Every decision would be made with mutual understanding and collectively, he added.
Earlier, the penal was presented by Dr. Wazir Akbar which was unanimously elected with majority. The other office-bearers elected comprising Nawabzada Imtiaz Afridi (SVP), Saif Ul Islam, Imran Afridi, Muhammad Junaid, Dr. Wazir Akhbar, Nawaz Orakzai and Safina Tabassum (Vice President), Abdul Samad Shinwari, Wali Khan and Muhammad Zar Khan and Miss Naimat Sitara (Associate Secretaries), Khurshid Iqbal (treasurer), Sher Shah, Shams Orakzai, Haji Rehman, Ayub Khan, Amin Jan Afridi, Tahir Qurashi, Amir Iqbal, Rahid Gul Mulagori and Miss Shahana (members executive council).—APP