POA officials to brief federal minister on worst-ever Asiad show.
Byline: Mohammad Yaqoob
LAHORE -- The officials of several national sports federations attended a meeting held at the Olympic House here on Saturday to review the worst ever performance of Pakistan in the recently held 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.
Pakistan fielded a heavy contingent of 300-plus athletes in the Asiad but returned with just four bronze medals, which is the worst ever performance at this level. Pakistan had some hopes for medals in hockey, wrestling, weightlifting, kabaddi, squash and judo but only kabaddi and squash could fetch a bronze medal each besides one each in karate and athletics.
The meeting was presided over by Pakistan Olympic Association President Lt. Gen. (retd.) Syed Arif Hasan who is set to brief the federal inter-provincial minister Fehmida Mirza about the performance of the contingent in the Asian Games in Islamabad on Monday. The discussion will be held in the light of the report submitted by the Chef de Mission of the contingent.
The Saturday meeting was held to prepare a detailed briefing to the federal minister since it is not easy to defend such a poor performance from the contingent. Most of the participants of the meeting were of the view that 40-day long training camp was not enough to prepare athletes for such a tough competition.
Interestingly, before going to Jakarta, hardly any national sports federation raised objections over the 40-day training camps. Instead, everyone was attempting to get their sport representatives in the contingent.
While the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) bore the expenses of 245 sportspersons and officials of the national contingent, around 100-plus athletes and officials bore their own expenses, so they were not too bothered about the pre-Asiad preparations.