Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that improvement in sports is the need of time and a top priority of the government.
The federal government on Tuesday held its first meeting on sports which was headed by Prime Minister Khan and included federal minister Fehmida Mirza, secretary IPC Jameel Ahmed, DG Pakistan Sports Board Arif Ibrahim and others.
Federal minister Fehmida Mirza briefed the meeting about the overall situation of sports in the country.
She also briefed the premier about the preparation of new policies for sports, including hockey, as well as prioritising building and development of sports complexes and grounds in Pakistan.
While speaking at the session, PM Khan stressed on the need for immediate measures for improvement in sports facilities. “Improvement in sports is a need of time and a top priority,” PM Imran was quoted as saying by Express News.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan today chaired a briefing on Inter-Provincial Coordination Ministry at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Discussing the performance of various sports federations and associations, it was decided to take on the plethora of sports federations/associations for non-performance resulting in a pathetic outlook of Pakistan sports despite getting funding from various national and international sources, including federal and provincial governments.
The aim is to revamp the whole ambit of sports, from infrastructure to organizational structures and operating systems, for introducing merit, transparency and performance criteria so that Pakistan, a nation of over 200 million with 60% population below 30 years, could rule the sports world.
It was also decided that the government organizations dealing with sports would also be revamped and/or re-structured as they too have failed to achieve the purpose for which they were created.
It was decided during the meeting to constitute a Task Force on sports, under Mani, to review the performance of all sports bodies, analyse the efficacy and utilization of various funds received from various sources and suggest administrative reforms for promoting sports at national as well as regional level.