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Pakistan unlikely to retain its position in 11th South Asian Games.

ISLAMABAD, November 10, 2009 (Frontier Star ): Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) has intimated to the government that Pakistan would not be able to retain its position in the upcoming 11th South Asian Games due to short time of training camps for the preparation of said games. The 11th South Asian Games are scheduled to take place from January 29 to February 8, 2010 in Bangladesh capital Dhaka and 8 members countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will participate in the 23disciplines of 2010 South Asian Games. The Ministry of Sports and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) failed to seek proper arrangements regarding preparations of 11th South Asian games. Lack of planning has reduced the chances for Pakistan to defend its second position and there is a strong chance that the team will slip down to third and fourth place in the event. In this regard Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) has made it clear in a written letter that Pakistan would not be able to maintain its position because of short time for training camps for the preparation of the games. Sources told that it has also been mentioned in the letter that late training camps have given very little time to players to be ready "it would be fortunate if Pakistan even gets 3rd or 4th position in the event". On the other hand Director General of Pakistan Sports Board Ameer Hamza Gillani has denied of receiving any letter from POA and said whatever position Pakistan gets, will be according to the capacity of National Federation. He said to acquire good results; federation should add new talent and fit players in national teams. It is worth mentioning that in the 10th South Asian games which were held in Sri Lanka in 2006 Pakistan got the 2nd position by taking 41 Gold, 43 Silver and 72 bronze medals in the event whereas India in that event got first position by taking 117 Gold, 69 Silver and 45 Bronze medals respectively.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Nov 10, 2009
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