From our correspondent
LAHORE: Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) President Lt General (retd) Syed Arif Hasan has formed a working group for the 14th South Asian Games which Pakistan will host in 2023.
The step has been taken after a POA delegation headed by General Arif had a meeting with the Punjab Sports Minister on February 26.
According to POA the group shall come into force with an immediate effect. The biennial spectacle will be held at Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Gujranwala. The group comprises President Punjab Olympic Association Mohammad Amir Jan, Director General Sports Board Punjab Adnan Arshad, POA Secretary Khalid Mehmood, POA treasurer Mohammad Shafiq, Deputy Secretary General POA Mohammad Jehangir, Director Admin Sports Board Punjab Javed Rasheed Chohan, Associate Secretary General POA Ahmer Mallick, Secretary Punjab Olympic Association Khwaja Idrees and Director Sports Board Punjab Mohammad Hafeez Bhatti.
The responsibilities of the group are: to compile data of sports infrastructure facilities available in Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Gujranwala including accessibility, parking areas and seating capacities and requirements of the upgradation of the available facilities to bring them into international standard as well as new construction. This should specially be looked at from the broadcasting and television coverage point of view and other modern systems like scoring screens, systems, sponsors visibility and changing areas.
Sports equipment that needs to be imported and installed at the competition venues as per international standard, list of hotels of accommodation of athletes, delegates as per required standard with special reference distance from venues, standard of food and allied facilities; coordination meetings with concerned sports federations for the subject task; workout and financial implications for the upgradation, renovation, new construction of facilities and equipment for provision in ADP of financial year 2020-2021, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023 besides any other relevant matter referred to the working group by the POA chief/chairman Organising Committee.
The POA said that the first presentation will be given to the chairman Organising Committee by April 15 this year.