Press Release

Minister for Sports felicitates Govt of Bangladesh on organizing SAGs successfully

Terms Pakistan's performance satisfactory

Detailed report on overall performance to be brought to the nation soon

Islamabad 11th February, 2010: Federal Minister for Sports, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani has said the 11th South Asian Games, an extravaganza of 12 days sporting event, concluded smoothly without any untoward incident in capital city of Dhaka. He termed this mega sports event by far was the most successful event organized in the short history of South Asian games.

Mr Jakhrani said in a message “The government of Pakistan extends its heartfelt felicitation to the government and the people of People's Republic of Bangladesh for excellent management of SAG sports competitions and the gratitude for the warmest hospitality extended our athletes and delegates”  

Mr Jakhrani said the people of Bangladesh proved to be sports lover who thronged to the venues in droves showing their exemplary solidarity and fraternity with the people of the region. He wished that the experience of the 11th South Asian Games, if translated into reality, can bring the people together and achieve the dream of mutual coexistence with peace and harmony.

Mr Jakhrani said “For Bangladesh the 11th South Asian Games will have a striking distinction for winning 8 medals by their women athletes. It clearly reflected the hidden potential of women segment of the society to be explored. This distinction achieved by Bangladesh would be a lesson for all nations of South Asian region to turn to female segment for tapping their heather to undiscovered potential of higher excellence” 

Mr Jakhrani said the Ministry of Sports is in the process of analyzing the results of each event in tandem with the report made by two-member Evaluation Committee. We have not yet received a complete assessment from the managers and coaches of respective teams. The final analysis shall certainly be brought to the nation very soon. The Minister showed satisfaction over the results and certain exemplary performances in athletics and Karate according to preliminary report. 

Mr Jakhrani said Pakistan needs to strengthen its stronger areas like athletics, weightlifting, Wrestling, Handball, Hockey and Squash etc. He said the increased level of training on scientific line and higher level of coaching coupled with enduring fitness would increase chances for competition in forthcoming Commonwealth and Asian Games. He said Pakistan needs to take the raw talent from the young males with more conscious effort for haunting female talents which is more than 50% of our population.

Mr Jakhrani urged on the national sports federations that must concentrate on long term planning for raising their talent pool and ensure their grooming of the athlete from cadet to senior level. He warned the non-performing federations to revisit their programs and activities to re-enter for competition for achieving excellence.

Mr. Jakhrani has announced Rs 0.5 million and Job for each women athletes Ms. Naseem Hameed, who has shown her apex performance by winning the Gold and being declared as the fastest runner of the South Asian region and Sara Nazir who have won the Gold Medal in Karate.

Faik Ali Chachar
Director (PR & MM)
Pakistan Sports Board