PESHAWAR Aug 10: Senior Vice President of the Pakistan Olympic Association Syed Aqil Shah Monday rejected the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sports Policy-2018 and demanded the government to take back the policy and formulate a new policy in consultation with all the stakeholders otherwise we will protest against it.
He expressed these views while addressing a press conference here at a local hotel on Monday. “We have not consulted in formulating the policy,” Syed Aqil Shah, a former Sports Minister, said soon after attending the meeting of the office-bearers of all associations affiliated with KP Olympic Association.
He said that the provincial government had not consulted with the stakeholders in formulating the sports policy and that is why there are many contradictions, misused of words about the sports promoters, sports organizers and office-bearers of various associations working since long for the promotion of sports in the province.
He said various sports associations in the province have completely been ignored. The policy has been formulated by people who are not even familiar with the alphabet of sports, he alleged. He said, after the 18th amendment, the provinces have the right to formulate their own policies but with the consultation of all stakeholders. The Directorate of Sports cannot interfere into the affairs of the association working under the POA Charter, Aqil Shah informed.
All the sports associations are with the KP Olympic Association and working under the Charter of Pakistan Olympic Association as autonomous body, he said. The Supreme Court has declared the Pakistan Olympic Association as an independent body in its judgement so as being the affiliated units of the Pakistan Olympic Association the associations affiliated with KP Olympic Association are working in the constitution issued by Pakistan Olympic Association and are not answerable to Directorate of Sports KP.
The Olympic Association and all affiliated associations cannot function under any government, Aqil Shah said, adding, “The government cannot dictate to us.” They demanded the government to withdraw its sports policy and consult with stakeholders before formulating the new policy.
Former IG and President of KP Rugby Association Akhtar Ali Shah said that if our demand was not met, there would be a full-scale protest, he warned. Member Provincial Assembly Shagufta Malik, who is also Vice President of the Pakistan Olympic Association from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said that she would raise the issues related to the sports police in the Provincial Assembly.
Khalid Waqar of KP Volleyball Association, Ilyas Afridi Taekwondo, former Mr. Olympia Mohammad Shiraz, Mohammad Amjad Khan of Badminton, Arbab Naseer and Syed Sultan Shah Kabaddi, Munawar Zaman of KP Squash Association, Kifayat Ullah Table Tennis, Zulfiqar Butt and Aamir Sabir of KP Snooker and Billiard Association, Dr. Inam of KP Shooting, Sohail Bin Qayyum and Tariq Pervez of KP Bodybuilding, Omar Ayaz of KP Tennis, Din Mohammad and Faqir Mohammad Awan of KP Basketball Association and other officials of the associations were present.