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May 18, 2018

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PSB EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING: Leading athletes to get health insurance

ISLAMABAD: The core group of athletes of all the recognised sports federations will now be entitled to health insurance. The decision was reached in the 86th Executive Committee meeting of the Pakistan Sports Board here Thursday.

Director General PSB Aamir Ali Ahmad, who tabled the idea, got immediate approval from the members.

“Now the core team members of all the recognised sports federations will have health insurance cover. I think it’s a big breakthrough as now all leading athletes will have peace of mind while training,” the DG PSB said.

It was decided that the athletes will be insured from the government-owned State Life Insurance. The PSB is expected to complete all formalities within the next three months.

The sports board will also examine the possibility of getting life insurance for leading players even after their retirement.

‘The News’ has learnt that the health insurance of players is expected to cost the government Rs10 million per year.

The PSB Executive Committee meeting, which was chaired by IPC Minister Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, also stressed the need to have regular financial support for sports development. “There should be a system in which the flow of finance should be regular for the PSB,” Pirzada said.

The government has also decided to donate one million rupees to the family of late hockey star Mansoor Ahmed.

“The committee members expressed deep sadness on the demise of the hockey legend. It has also been decided to name the proposed new second turf at the Bunda Stadium — which will soon be given the status of a mini stadium — after Mansoor Ahmed,” Aamir Ali said.

The Executive Committee also sanctioned one million rupees for former badminton player/coach Zarina Waqar. She is under treatment at Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital in Lahore for the last five years.

Secretary IPC Abu Ahmad Akif got a cold response from the house when he tabled a move aiming at using the Pakistan Sports Complex facilities for generating funds. Even an idea of having an aquarium near the swimming pool got no positive response from majority of the members.

Meanwhile, the house expressed happiness over the federal government’s recent decision of releasing Rs500 million for the preparation for the South Asian Games. It was decided that half of that amount would be spent on improving playing facilities while Rs250 million would be reserved for players’ training and preparations for the Games. These decisions will be taken in coordination with the Pakistan Olympic Association and the sports federations.

The Executive Committee has directed the PSB to convene a joint meeting of the Ministry of IPC (Sports Wing), PSB, POA and national sports federations to work out the modalities for holding the South Asian Games.

A monitoring cell will be established in the Ministry of IPC to update on the preparations for the South Asian Games. The cell will include officials from all the relevant ministries.

The Executive Committee considered and approved creation of a post of project director for Narowal’s National Sports City and of a chief engineer (civil) for smooth functioning of the maintenance wing and ongoing development projects.

It also endorsed distribution of funds amongst hockey and tennis players that were recently approved by the prime minister.

The meeting was also attended by the Pakistan Table Tennis Federation president and secretaries of the hockey, kabaddi and weightlifting federations.

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