POA, PJF’s brawl results in Pak Judokas exclusion from ISG

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ISLAMABAD, Jan 24 (APP): Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) on
Tuesday said Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) has not withdrawn cases
against us which has resulted in the ouster of the national Judokas
from the Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG) contingent.
It may be mentioned here that the national judokas were not
considered by the POA in the 200 member contingent approved for the
ISG scheduled to be held from May 12 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
While responding to a question at a press conference here at
a local hotel, POA, President, Lt. Gen. (R) Syed Arif Hasan said PJF
had not been accepting the POA constitution.
“As per the International Olympic Committee (IOC) federations
were supposed to withdraw cases they had filed against POA and
follow the constitutional process. PJF has only withdrawn a case in
the Islamabad High Court (IHC) while the one in Lahore High Court
(LHC) has not yet been withdrawn. They don’t acknowledge POA’s rules
and its constitution,” he said.
This stance from the POA has affected the national judokas who
have a great chance of winning medals in the ISG. Olympian Judoka
Shah Hussain Shah ( 100kg) and Qaisar Khan ( 81kg) have been ignored from the ISG who can win laurels for the country.
Returning to the POA’s developments, he said the 2018 South
Asian Games (SAG) will be held in Nepal but according to rules if a
country fails to host the event in the given time then it is
transferred to the other country which is to host the same event for
the next turn.
“Pakistan is to host SAG in 2020 but if Nepal fails to host
the 2018 Games then Pakistan will be hosting the Games,” he said.
He said he will be meeting the Inter Provincial Coordination
(IPC) Minister Mian Riaz Husain Pirzada and will talk to him about
the SAG developments.
“We will also be hosting the National Youth Games before the
SAG in order to identify and bring out talent from the grass-roots
level,” he said.
Arif said that the POA would also be holding seminars for
sports development. “We have planed seminars in Lahore, Karachi and
Islamabad,” Arif said.
Arif said we are also in talks with the Higher Education
Commission (HEC) in order to create and improve sports activities in
universities.
Waseem Ahmed, President, Pakistan Taekwondo Federation, Khalid
Mehmood, Secretary General, POA and other members were also present on the occasion.