Govt to or­ga­nize in­ter­na­tional sports event in Pak­istan

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Se­nate ses­sion was told on Fri­day that the gov­ern­ment was putting ef­forts at in­ter­na­tional level to ar­range sports event s on the coun­try’s grounds. Min­is­ter for Par­lia­men­tary Muham­mad Ali Khan, how­ever, was op­ti­mistic that Pak­istan would be able to or­ga­nize in­ter­na­tional level sports com­pe­ti­tions on its grounds.

The Se­nate ses­sion, how­ever, ob­served in­suf­fi­cient funds, lack of merit and train­ing were some causes be­hind poor per­for­mance of play­ers in the Asian games.

The ses­sion was in­formed that as many as 351 play­ers had par­tic­i­pated in the Asian games which were held in In­done­sia and more than Rs80 mil­lion were spent on their visit. But the play­ers were man­aged to bag only four bronze medals.

Talk­ing to the ses­sion, Min­is­ter for Par­lia­men­tary Muham­mad Ali Khan in­formed the Sen­a­tors that the gov­ern­ment was work­ing to im­ple­ment a merit based sports pol­icy so that the play­ers can get their due right.

He added that the gov­ern­ment was also tak­ing mea­sures to en­sure max­i­mum women par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sports. Re­spond­ing to Sen­a­tor Sam­ina Saeed ques­tioned, the gov­ern­ment benches said there is no ques­tion of or­ga­niz­ing sports event at Abbottabad sta­dium, in­clud­ing PSL matches.

Telling the rea­sons be­hind non or­ga­ni­za­tion of matches, the rep­re­sen­ta­tives said the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) del­e­gate re­view the cricket sta­di­ums and sur­round­ing se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion and the qual­ity of at least five ho­tels which should be five-starts where the in­ter­na­tional play­ers are sup­posed to stay, adding there is no in­ter­na­tional level ho­tel in Abbottabad.

Re­spond­ing to ques­tions of Sen­a­tor Tahir and Sen­a­tor Us­man, Min­is­ter of State for Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Mu­rad Saeed said DI Khan to Zob road project has been in­cluded in the CPEC. He added fur­ther dis­cus­sion will be made in this con­nec­tion in the next JCC meet­ing.

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