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- Saturday, November 17, 2012 - From Print Edition


KARACHI: The preparation for the 16th Sindh Games has been started and it is hoped that this year the games would be batter organised than those held in Mirpurkhas.


The Sindh Sports Boards (SSB) has its office in Hyderabad and good infrastructure for sports.


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


The member organising committee and general secretary of Sindh Olympic Association Ahmed Ali Rajput told ‘The News’ he had reached Hyderabad to review the preparations.


He said that SSB had its own sports complex in Hyderabad where maximum number of sports events could be held easily. It also has its own swimming pool, while athletics events would be held in public schools. The track for athletics events in Hyderabad is considered among the best.


He said that SSB sports complex would be the head office for the Sindh Games.


He mentioned that residential facilities for the players and officials of all five regions would be spread in various parts of the city.


Athletes from Karachi, hosts Hyderabad, Larkana, Sukkur and Mirpurkhas will participate in the games at a time when winter will just have started.


This is 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.


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


As per the tradition, the Governor of the province will be the chief guest at the opening ceremony and the chief minister at the closing ceremony.