Federal Minister for Sports Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani hosted a reception to honor the success of the medalists of the 16th Asian Games at the Sports Complex Islamabad on 1st December, 2010. Federal Secretary Sports Aziz Ahmed Bilour and DG PSB Syed Amir Hamza Gilani were also present on the occasion.
In his address, the Minister congratulated the medalists of Hockey, Squash, Cricket Snooker, Wushu and Kabbadi and the whole nation for a commendable performance in the 16th Asian Games Guangzhou, China.
Mr. Jakhrani said that the Prime Minister has taken personal interest in the welfare of the players and directed him to ensure job security to the medalists. The Minister said that all the medalists will be provided with permanent jobs and those who have temporary jobs will be regularized on priority basis.
He said the players and coaches associated with different departments are facing problems in representing the country in national and international competitions. He assured them that all the departments would me made bound to facilitate and relieve the players and coaches so that they can represent the country in national and international competitions.
Mr. Jakhrani was of the view that being a third world country it is very difficult for Pakistan Government to match the heavy investments that the western nations inject in sports. But despite all odds our Government is committed to provide every possible support for the betterment of sports in Pakistan.
He said the hockey team and federation was under severe criticism and pressure from former Olympians and hockey lovers. But the ministry of sports always extended support to the federation in difficult times when national game was touching the lowest ebb. He commended the role of former Olympians and media whose constructive criticism brought about change in the character of hockey and helped win the gold medal at last.
Addressing on occasion, Qasim Zia the president of Hockey federation lauded the role of Minister who stood by them in difficult times and assisted the federation in hiring the Dutch coach for Hockey team. He said he has fulfilled his promise of winning gold in Asian Games and hope the same combination will come victorious in coming Olympics.