Federally Administered Tribal Areas Olympic Association to field strong contingent in games

Islamabad, July 29, 2012 (PPI-OT): President FATA Olympic Association Engr. Shaukat Ullah, Minister SAFRON has said that a strong 200 plus contingent would represent FATA for the first time in the history of the National Games under its own flag.

He said this while addressing the 2nd general body meeting of the FATA Olympic Association after forming in June last year. Besides him Secretary FATA Olympic Association Shahid Khan Shinwari, Director Sports Faisal Jamil Shah, Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wushu Association Rehmat Gul Afridi, and Presidents and Secretaries of all 18 affiliated associations attended the meeting held at Islamabad Club.

Speaking on this occasion, Engr. Shaukat Ullah assured that all possible steps would be taken to facilitate the associations. He said soon after Eid-ul-Fitr six cycles would be provided to the FATA Cycling Association. Efforts are afoot for provision of equipments to Volleyball, Athletics, Weight-lifting, and mates for Karate, Judo, Wushu and Taekwondo, he added.

He said no one would be allowed to adopt discriminate attitude toward FATA youth. He said due to insurgency and militancy the FATA youth had badly suffered and now it is time to provide them a platform so that the talented youth should come up at national and international levels.

“I have talked to President Asif Ali Zardari and also sent a request to the Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to allocate a special grant for FATA Olympic Association so that it could be able to timely prepare FATA contingent for the 32nd National Games and 4th Inter-Provincial Games,” Shaukat Ullah said.

The meeting also thanked Rehman Malik for providing Rs. 5 million for FATA Olympic Association.

The meeting also formed a three members committee headed by Shahid Khan Shinwari with its members comprising Engr. Saif-ul-Islam Afridi, President FATA Athletic Association and Khurshid Iqbal, Secretary FATA Volleyball Association to meet with each and every association and collect their data like holding of the camps, venues, provision of coaches etc. The meeting also discussed in detail preparations for the forthcoming 32nd National Games scheduled to be held in Lahore in October this year and 4th Inter-Provincial Games.

The meeting decided to setup camps from September 1, 2012 which will continue till Oct 18,2012 before the teams leaving for Lahore via road. The meeting has given approval of preparing a FATA Flag for both National and Inter-Provincial Games. A beautiful flag would be prepared for both National and Inter-Provincial Games, it has decided.

Shahid Khan Shinwari presented a detail report regarding the affairs of FATA Olympic Association during the last eight months time. The meeting lauded the efforts of FATA Olympic Association for promotion of sports in FATA.

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