IOC gives Pakistan December 1 deadline

World body wants government to cooperate with POA.

Our Correspondent October 04, 2013
The IOC’s decision came after a meeting that was held in Lausanne, Switzerland yesterday. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) along with the Olympic Council of Asia has given the Pakistan government and the country’s Olympic association until December 1 to work out their differences.

The IOC’s decision came after a meeting that was held in Lausanne, Switzerland yesterday.

The meeting also involved IOC member Syed Shahid Ali, the Federal Secretary to the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination Faridullah Khan, representing the Government of Pakistan, and a delegation of the IOC-recognised Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) headed by Arif Hasan.

“The IOC, together with the POA and each International Federation concerned, will review the composition of the POA before December 1, 2013 and ensure that the membership of the POA consists of National Federations duly affiliated to their respective International Federations, as per the Olympic Charter,” read the official IOC press release.

“Upon completion of this process, it was agreed that no one would challenge the composition of the POA, and that all parties will act strictly within the framework of the existing structure.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2013.

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Saiyid Mohammad Sibtain | 8 years ago | Reply

It is a pity that the Secretary IPC could not comprehend the import of decision of the apex court in Civil Appeals Nos. 368 to 370of 2011:PSB &another vs Pakistan Volleyball Federation etc.dated May 8 2012 wherein the apex court categorically help that it is the fundamental righof citizens to form associations and frame bye-laws thereof providing even life tenures for office bearers but if such associations seek recognition/affiliation or grants from government those shall have to bring their bye-laws in conformity with government policyBut as long they don't seek anything from government , the government can not force them to amend their bye-lawslaws. The POA General Council elected Syed Arif Hasan for the third term and ever since it has pleaded that it is neither affiliated to PSB nor has ever sought any affiliation with it.As such PSBcan not force it to abide by provisions of National Sports Policy 2005regarding restriction of two terms on office bearers.

The IPC Mministry miserably failed to go by the decision of the court.It's intransingency was highly condemnable and PM would fail in his duty if he does not take them to task now.

Ubee | 8 years ago | Reply What a shame. We can't even resolve our own disputes. These ego's and attitudes of these bunch of shameless people is responsible for the decline of sports in our country.
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