PESHAWAR: A high level meeting Thursday
gave final touches to the overall arrangement made for the
smooth conduct of the 3rd Provincial Games scheduled from
November 9 to 11.
District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sahibzada Anees
chaired the meeting held here at Qayyum Sports Complex and was
later joined by the NWFP Minister for Sports Syed Aqil Shah.
Director NWFP Sports Board Altaf Umerzai,
Director Provincial Building Maintenance, representatives from
NWFP Olympic Association, Information, Health, Education,
Fire Brigade, Water and Sanitations, NWFP Police, Transport
and Finance departments also present on this occasion and
discussed matters pertaining to the smooth conduct of the games.
The meeting appreciated Director Sports Altaf Umerzai
for handing over the swimming pool to the NWFP Swimming
Association with hot water facilities in a week time. The
hot water facilities was provided with a special grant of Rs.
0.5 million announced by the Chief Secretary Sahibzada Riaz Noor
a week earlier.
The meeting expressed anguish over the removing of
the publicity banners in the jurisdiction of CD&MD. Director
General Qazi Laiq informed the meeting that he took strong
action against those remove the publicity banners and was
directed the concerned officials to install it as earlier
DCO Sahibzad Anees expressed his satisfaction over the
arrangement so far made for the Games, like provision of
health care facilities, accommodations, transport, facilities at
venues its up-gradation and renovation work and opening
and closing ceremonies were also discussed.
The meeting also discussed security
measures besides ensuring easy access to the spectators
for different enclosures. The meeting was told that 12000
players including officials from Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and
host NWFP will be taking part in 18 different games like
Athletics (M&F), Badminton (M&F), bodybuilding, boxing,
cycling (M&F), football, hockey, judo, kabaddi, squash (M&F),
karate, swimming (M&F), TT (M&F), volleyball
(M&F) weightlifting, wrestling, baseball (M&F) and Wushu.
When Aqil Shah joined the meeting, he threw light on
the overall program. He thanked NWFP government for taking keen
interest in organizing the Games. He said holding of the Games is
aimed at to give a message of peace to the world besides
highlighting the image of the people of NWFP.
“We want to remove the misconception propagated against the
people of NWFP,” Aqil said. “I'm sure with holding of this
game such misconception would be removed,” he added.
“Holding of a successful event would prove a psychological
blow to elements involved in terrorism and militancy in the
province,” he maintained.
He expressed his hope that the
NWFP Olympic Association with the help of all affiliated
association and provincial government would make the event
a success. Later, they visited different venues and inspected