Federations will submit final teams with POA by 24
KARACHI: As some federations have not yet finalized their squads for the Commonwealth Games, it was decided on Tuesday that all federations would submit final names to the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) by May 24 so that arrangements are made to send the contingent to the quadrennial event. could be done in time.
This was decided during the POA’s meeting with the national federations which are due to field their teams for the Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8.
“In boxing, we haven’t finalized the squad yet as we are going to hold an event from May 20-23,” POA secretary Khalid Mehmood told ‘The News’ after chairing the meeting at the Lahore Olympic House. Khalid is also the president of the Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF).
“The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) told us that they could not give us the final list until May 20. There are similar issues in cricket and badminton, so we have decided that all federations will submit final lists with the NOC by May 24,” he said. added.
“The same lists will be shared with the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) on May 25 and within two days the Board will inform us of the number of players and officials from the Birmingham-bound contingent that the state can sponsor,” he said. he added.
PSB Managing Director Col (Retired) Mohammad Asif Zaman also attended the meeting via zoom from Islamabad.
Khalid hopes the Council will sponsor the entire contingent. “As meals and accommodation will be provided by the organizers and we will have to manage tickets only, I hope PSB will sponsor the entire contingent for the Commonwealth Games,” Khalid said.
He added that the first week of June, the POA will organize a seminar on doping in Lahore for all athletes traveling to Birmingham.
It was also learned that the federations of badminton, swimming, boxing, table tennis and gymnastics have indicated that their camps have not yet taken place. A source said DG PSB promised their camps would start soon.
In the Commonwealth Games, Pakistan will compete in wrestling, weightlifting, swimming, athletics, boxing, judo, squash, table tennis, hockey, women’s cricket, badminton , gymnastics, para-athletics and para-table tennis.
DG PSB told ‘The News’ he was in full support of the federations but insisted that smart teams with medal chances be sent to Birmingham. “I have told all federations that they should stick to smart teams and only send athletes to Birmingham who are likely to get medals. I will do my best to only support potential medal winners,” Asif told this correspondent after the meeting.
“I also told the federations that the Board had set up their training camps and hired foreign coaches and it was now up to them to prepare their batches so that the best results could be achieved in Birmingham,” said Asif.
“I have told all federations to share with the board their final lists as soon as possible. is being refurbished.I also spoke to the Punjab government for the swimming camp as the Punjab Sports Council has good facilities.I also told the army director of sports to support the camp PSB will arrange travel and manage kits in addition to giving a $40 per diem to athletes traveling to Birmingham,” Asif says.
He said that by May 24, the PSB will hold a meeting with the federations whose athletes have a major chance of winning medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Islamic Games.
It has been learned that the Pakistan Wrestling Federation (PWF) will submit the license validity documents of three grapplers to the POA on Wednesday (today).
The PWF would also email the final list of an eight-member contingent for the Commonwealth Games to POA on Tuesday evening. The PWF will send six wrestlers to Birmingham: Ali Asad (67kg), Inayatullah (65kg), Mohammad Inam Butt (86kg), Sharif Tahir (74kg), Tayyab Raza (97kg) and Zaman Anwar (125kg).
Ghulam Fareed will serve as coach while Arshad Sattar or Mubeen will accompany the team as manager.
The PWF also requested from the PSB in the meeting that their camp roster be increased to 30 as in the Islamic Games Pakistan will be in the top ten weights and there should be at least three wrestlers in each weight in the camp . The PWF also told the PSB that the federation has finalized an agreement with Kazakhstan and wants to send its wrestlers there for 40 to 45 days of training and that the team should be sent by the first week of June. The tour would cost Rs5 million.
Sources said Colonel Asif told the PWF he would do whatever he could.
A PWF source told ‘The News’ that if the board does not support the overseas tour, the federation would have to manage it itself by reducing the training time. “For the experience, an overseas training tour is a must,” the PWF source said.
The wrestling camp resumed at PSB Coaching Centre, Lahore on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Weightlifting Federation (PWF) has informed the POA and PSB that the names of their last six lifters, including those suspended for doping, are still on the Commonwealth Games roster. International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).
However, the federation has been advised that it should notify the POA of updates regardless of what information the IWF has shared with it on the results of the investigation.
No less than six weightlifters have been suspended for doping. Among them, Talha Talib, Abu Bakar Ghani and Sharjeel Butt are part of the Commonwealth Games team.
The PWLF has also asked the PSB to continue its camp at least for lifters who are clean and travel to Birmingham. Sources said DG PSB has promised that his camp will be taken over.
A source told The News that once the fate of the weightlifters under investigation is decided and if they are banned, they will automatically be removed from the Birmingham-bound contingent list.
The six weightlifters risk sanctions for doping.