MABAD- Federal Minister for Sports Najamuddin Khan announced Monday here that the government would provide jobs to national athletes and provide them medical facilities after the retirement.
Addressing a press conference after presiding over the meeting of the Inter-Provincial Sports Minister Committee (IPSMC) at the Media Centre, Pakistan Sports Complex, he said that all the athletes who would represent Pakistan in international competitions would be facilitated.
"We will provide the permanent job opportunities to players and also asked private organisation, which had been recently privatised, to revive their sports in departments. The government departments also create jobs for the national athletes. We will reassemble the sports at district and lower level to hunt talent from the grass root level," he said.
He said that they would focus initially on top sports. "We want to improve the standard of all sports but we want to stream-line the affairs with the help of provinces. We decided to put most of the burden on the shoulders of provincial ministers of all four provinces, AJK, NA and FATA," he added.
Responding to a question, he said that they would establish sports academies in all the four provinces, AJK, NA and FATA to enhance the standard of sports in Pakistan. "We will provide opportunities to our local coaches to train the boys in the academies. We will also bring money from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to run these sports institutions smoothly," he viewed.
Provincial Minister for Sports, Sindh Syed Muhammad Ali Shah, Sports Minister Punjab Dr. Tanvir-ul-Islam, Sports Minister North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Syed Aqil Shah, Sports Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Choudhary Akbar Khan and Director Sports, Faisal Jameel Shah Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA), Secretary Sports Muhammad Ashraf Khan, Acting Director General PSB and newly-appointed DG, PSB were present on the occasion. The IPSMC will meet next month in NWFP.