Pakistan's sports chiefs urged to quit before Aug 20

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Lahore, Jul 28 (UNI) The Senate has fixed August 20 as the deadline for Pakistan's senior officials of several national sports federations to quit office, with their completion of two terms under the National Sports Policy.

''We have made it clear that if the officials do not quit and hold fresh elections by August 20 they would be regarded as illegal and the Sports Ministry will take appropriate action against them,'' Baig, a member of the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP), said.

Baig, however, blamed Pakistan's sports administrators for the poor condition of sports in the country.

Pakistan sport is in a shameful situation, which is evident from the country's contingent for the Beijing Olympics Games. Only the hockey team has qualified while just four other sportspersons will be representing the country in the Olympics.

He said the Senate has summoned a gathering of all stakeholders in capital Islamabad on August 30 to carry the probe into national sports to the next level.

Country's Education Minister, sports ministers of all four provinces, the chief of the state-owned Pakistan Television (PTV), presidents of various sports federations, former hockey and squash legends were among the people summoned for the meeting.

Baig further said,''we have to sit down together and talk about all that's wrong in our sports, which can only find ways to come out of this mess and take Pakistan sports to where it truly belongs.'' UNI XC PY AB SK KP2006

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