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KARACHI: The 16th Sindh Games 2012, featuring 2,046 athletes and officials, will be held in Hyderabad from November 30 to December 2.


Sindh sports minister Dr Mohammad Ali Shah, the chairman of the organising committee, announced this at a press briefing at a local hotel.


Athletes from five regions — hosts Hyderabad Champions, Larkana Tigers, Karachi Heroes, Sukkur Riders and Mirpurkhas Superstars — will show their worth in the competitions.


This will be the second time in the current year that the Sindh Games are going to be held. Men will compete in 34 disciplines and women in 16.


Men’s disciplines are: athletics, badminton, baseball, bodybuilding, basketball, boxing, chess, cycling, football, gymnastic, handball, hockey, judo, ju jitusu, kabaddi, karate, muay thai, netball, swimming, sepatakraw, softball, squash, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, throwball, volleyball, weightlifting, wushu, kodi kodi, malakhara, shooting-ball, wanjwatti.


Women will compete in arms-wrestling, athletics, badminton, basketball, handball, hockey, hudoi, karate, netball, swimming, sepaktakraw, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, throwball and volleyball.


Also present were Sindh secretary sports Saeed Ahmad Awan, vice president Sindh Olympic Association (SOA) Shoaib Ahmed Usmani, organising secretary Ahmad Ali Rajput and Indian tennis player Naresh Khatri.


The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad.


Sindh Games were held only eleven times from Independence till 2008, but these will be the fifth Sindh Games since Dr Mohammad Ali Shah became the sports minister in 2008.


Dr Shah said that the government had released only Rs13 million for the event, but no discipline had been dropped. He added that in some events regions had been dropped keeping in view the trend of those areas.


The minister said that the players and teams officials would be given Rs250 as daily allowance for five days; the technical officials would receive Rs300 each; while Rs500 each would be handed over to the contingent officials and the event organising secretary.


A 15-overs-a-side cricket match will be held between Karachi XI and the Rest of Sindh XI.


“Geo Super is our media partner and we will try for live telecast of a few matches,” added Shah, who recently organised two T20 games here between Pakistan All Stars XI and International World XI.


He also revealed that five days after the spectacle, Sindh Olympics and Paralympics would be conducted in Karachi.


Chief de missions: Ali Nawaz Khaldi (Hyderabad), Arshad Arain (Mirpurkhas), Mir Mohammad Kalhoro (Sukkur), Muzaffar Channa (Larkana) and Razik H Rabbani (Karachi).