Assalam- o- Alaikum
I take this opportunity to inform that 1st coordination meeting of the Presidents/ Secretaries General of 28 National Sports Federations participating in the 2018 Asian Games Palembang-Jakarta, Indonesia was held on 29 January 2018 under the chairmanship of Lt Gen(R) Syed Arif Hasan, President POA, to decide the number of participants both male and female in individual and Team sports who have qualified or have the potential to show better performance in these games. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Raja Zulifqar Akhtar representative of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB). The meeting decided that the training camps shall be
organised by PSB at the earliest so that the athletes get sufficient training and learn competitive skills to show the best results. The number of athletes proposed by the federations will be initially used in the team size calculator to be sent to the organizing committee as a first step to facilitate the organizers to have an idea as how many athletes and officials will roughly be attending Asian Games.
Another important decision was made by the house that a sub-committee under chairman of the POA affiliation and constitution committee will review the participation of those games which are not affiliated with POA but invariably participate in international competitions showing good results and are desirous of participating at their own expense under the umbrella of POA.
The criteria of Coaches accompanying the teams was also discussed and decided that only those coaches will be eligible who are properly qualified and remained associated in the training process. The federations will send their CVs to ascertain their eligibility. This was done to eliminate the practice of favouritism and jeopardising the rights of those who work with the athletes throughout the training but at the end are dropped.
MUHAMMAD KHALID MAHMOOD
Pakistan Olympic Association