Provision of sports facilities govt’s duty: Ahsan

By Our Correspondent
May 18, 2024
Federal minister Ahsan Iqbal addressing a press conference outside Election Commission Pakistan (ECP) in Islamabad, on March 5, 2023. — Online

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Ahsan Iqbal admitted Friday that providing facilities to the athletes and players is the sole responsibility of the government.


Ahsan was speaking to the media after a hurriedly called Sports Conference participated by selected federations’ representatives. “Why are we unable to groom 10 to 15 world champions? You need enthusiasm to outshine others,” he said.

The minister added that sports federations should be revamped. “There is a requirement to restructure sports federations.” Coaching, he said, is another important aspect in grooming champions.

“International coaches should be hired to groom these champions.” On the recommendation of participants, he said there is a need to promote sports at school and college levels. “National teams should be selected on merit. Grouping is a curse for sports development.” He said that under PM’s instructions, hockey players will be given job letters within seven days.