Senate sub-committee deliberates on working, funding of federal sports organizations

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A meeting of Senate Sub-Committee on Interprovincial Coordination was held under the convener ship of Senator Irfan Siddiqui at Parliament House on Thursday.

Sub-Committee deliberated on the information received from the Federal Sports Organizations as per the prescribed format sent by the Sub-Committee to obtain facts regarding working, functions, funding received and its utilization to all Federal Sports Organizations and to review their Constitution under which these have been established.

Director General Pakistan Sports Board informed the Committee that there are 41 sports federations affiliated with Pakistan Sports Board.

All the federations were contacted and information was sought from them as per the prescribed format but only three federations submitted their response.

Convener of the committee questioned as to why these federations are not responding to Ministry and PSB.

“If the federations come directly under the regulatory control of PSB and Ministry then action should be taken against those federations which do not respond” said Senator Irfan Siddiqui, Answering to which DG Pakistan Sports Board said that we can cancel their affiliation.

he further informed the committee that these federations will be held accountable and answerable once the new proposed sports policy is enforced.

Chairman Committee directed the officials to present a detailed report in the next meeting clearly showing which of the federations were contacted and how many of them responded and what action was taken against those which did not respond.

Official from Pakistan Hockey Federation also briefed the committee on current state of affairs of the game in Pakistan.

Committee was informed that Pakistan last qualified for any mega event back in 2012. There is no full time coach available for Pakistan Hockey Team.
Convener of the committee Senator Irfan Sidiqqui lamented the role played by Hockey Federation and Government in this regard.

He further Commented that “Hockey is our National Sport, it used to be our pride. Such is the decline of sports in the country that we cannot even quality for big events let alone winning any.

Past excuses will not be tolerated any further.” Committee meeting was attended by Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Officials from Ministry of IPC, Pakistan Sports Board and Pakistan Hockey Federation.

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