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Press Release - Resignation of President POA - Lt Gen (R) Syed Arif Hasan HI(M) Back To Main


Dear Media Friends,

  1. The Executive Committee held on 31-12-2023 was presided by Syed Aqil Shah, Senior Vice President POA. 25 x members attended the meeting. Matter was discussed threadbare and decided as under:
    1. The resignation of Lt. Gen (R) Syed Arif Hasan President POA received vide his letter dated 28th December 2023 was considered and deliberated by the Committee. The resignation was accepted by 23 votes out of 25 members present (14 x in person and 11 x on zoom) w.e.f 01-01-2024 and referred to the General Council for its ratification as laid down in the constitution of POA.
    2. The Executive Committee extended its profound gratitude and heartfelt thanks to Lt. Gen (R) Syed Arif Hasan for his exemplary leadership and unwavering dedication in steering the Pakistan's Olympic Movement at national and international avenues in difficult times. His guidance and vision have been instrumental in the Movement's success and growth. His tenure has been marked by significant achievements and milestones, reflecting his deep commitment to excellence and his ability to inspire and unite athletes, coaches, volunteers, and officials alike, for Olympism. Lt. Gen (R) Syed Arif Hasan's legacy is evident in the tangible successes and the strengthened spirit of Olympism and unity he has fostered within the Olympic community of Pakistan. The Committee decided to give a grand farewell to Lt. Gen (R) Arif Hasan in recognition of his distinguished services, soon as he returns from the USA.
  2. As stipulated in the POA constitution, the vacancy of President POA was filled by the Executive Committee by electing Syed Muhammad Abid Qadri Gillani for the interim period from 01st January 2024 till the forthcoming Elective General Council Meeting of POA scheduled in the last quarter of 2024. Out of 25 x members present in the meeting (14 x in person and 11 x on zoom) 23 x members casted their votes in favour of Syed Muhammad Abid Qadri Gillani.

Best regards,

Muhammad Khalid Mahmood
Secretary General
Pakistan Olympic Association