Lahore:16 September:This week Punjab Olympic Association (PbOA) President Syed Shahid Ali resigned from his office, admitting that he has failed to convince the provincial government to provide funds and other facilities to host the 32nd National Games from Oct 16 to 22.
The PbOA had requested the provincial government to provide Rs50 million, besides the venues to host competitions, but its response was lukewarm.
Shahid Ali, a close friend of Nawaz Sharif, has also enjoyed good relations with Shahbaz Sharif and had met him twice in this regard. Although the chief minister had not refused him, no satisfactory reply was given to the PbOA president.
He tendered his resignation at a meeting which was attended by secretaries of 34 different national sports federations, who came to Lahore from across the country.
Showing solidarity with the PbOA, the secretaries passed a resolution that the games would not be withdrawn from Punjab and more time would be given to the provincial government head. They had also requested Shahid Ali to withdraw his resignation
which he refused.
Reports are that the provincial government has some reservations about the misuse of funds. If that is the case, special audits of accounts can be conducted to keep the affairs transparent. But the way the games have been deferred till December is not good for the image of the province.Dawn.