Govt bars players participating in SAG to travel by road to India: Ganjera


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) on Wednesday informed that the government had not allowed the national contingent, participating in South Asian Games (SAG) to travel by road to India.

Talking to media, PSB Director General Dr Akthar Nawaz Ganjera said the authorities had planned that the national contingent would travel by road from Islamabad to Lahore, then to New Delhi, and then by air from Dehli to Gowati.

A 442-member national contingent comprising 21 federations will participate in South Asian Games scheduled in India from February 6 to 26.

General Secretary Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) Khalid Mehmood told  that 146 male, 138 female and 61 officials were included in the contingent.

He said the Indian delegation meant to invite Pakistan to the event, had assured the authorities concerned of fool proof security to the players during the event.

The Indian delegation had especially invited Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada to participate in the inaugural session of the event, however,

the minister had subjected the participation of the national players to the approval of the government, he mentioned.

The secretary said 21 federations were busy in preparing for the event including Squash, Tennis, Cycling, Judo, Karate, Baseball and others.

He said the national players had performed well in previous South Asian Games and hopefully they will repeat the same performance in these events as well.