ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) are positive for the national contingent to do well in the South Asian Games (SAG) to be held in India from February 5.
In a ceremony held here at the Pakistan Sports Complex, the Director General PSB Dr Akthar Nawaz Ganjera said “South Asian Games hold an immense importance in the region and we are thankful to the Government for supporting us in the shape of giving funds and making our maximum participation in the extravaganza.”
He said the morale of the players is very high and hopefully they will do well in the mega event. “I request the coaches to take good care of the players during their travelling to the venue. Players should take care of their diet, physical fitness and other related issues which are necessary for the event,” he said.
Ganjera also asked the coaches to strictly monitor the players and make sure no player should bring a bad name to the country by any wrong doings. “I advice the players to do not take any supplements or anything wrong which comes in the category of drugs as to make sure a free and fair game is to be played,” he said.
Speaking at the occasion IPC Secretary Muhammad Ali Gardezi who is also the chef de mission of Pakistan’s contingent said a 417-member national contingent will go in the mega event and will participate in 21 disciplines. “The 417-member national contingent includes 185 male athletes, 126 female athletes, 74 male and 32 female officials ,” he said.
He advised the players to take good care of their fitness especially those athletes whose competitions will begin directly after the Pakistan contingent’s arrival in India. He said despite all the security issues India had assured us to provide foolproof security to the Pakistan contingent. He also asked the players to strictly take care of their discipline in India.
He said in the last Games the national contingent bagged 19 gold, 25 silver and 36 bronze medals therefore this time the hopes are very much high from the national contingent. He said the national flag bearer for the event is yet to be decided.