Aug 09, 2015 Uncategorized Comments Off on SPORTS DIARY: Pool at Nishtar Sports Complex likely to miss inauguration date (Dawn (Pakistan))
The Sports Board Punjab (SBP) is not in a position to inaugurate the swimming pool of international standard being built at the Nishtar Sports Complex as per planned date of Aug 14.
A spokesman for the SBP says though the pool is almost complete, the recruitment of staff, non-availability of entry cards for members which are being imported from abroad are some key issues hindering the inauguration on the Independence Day.
The project had been announced by then Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi in 2007 with an estimated cost of Rs160 million. But the project had almost been ignored when Shahbaz Sharif was elected as the next chief minister of Punjab. However, the media has been raising its voice for the early completion of the project.
Though the project is nearing completion, its total cost has already been increased to Rs400 million because of unnecessary delay.
The spokesman is optimistic that the pool would be ready for inauguration in 2015. He says unofficially a good number of people have shown their interest for the membership.
He says once the entry cards will be available and the staff recruited, the membership will be opened without any delay.
The project was to be completed in 2009 after two years of its inauguration, but red-tape and lack of interest by those at the helm of affairs have deprived the youth many years of healthy facility of international standard.
Services of a Japanese coach are being hired by the Pakistan Baseball Federation which has already set up its national training camp in Lahore for Asia Cup to be held in Taiwan next month.
The federation has almost completed its negotiations with a panel of Japanese coaches and soon a name will be finalised. The Japanese coach will hone the skills of Pakistani baseball players in a month-long training camp.
Pakistan Baseball Federation president Syed Khawaja Shah says though six top teams are contesting the Asia Cup, his team will try its best to beat Indonesia and China to improve its Asian ranking from existing 6th to 5th.
Agood number of players from all over the country are participating in the National Badminton Championship currently being held at the Punjab University, New Campus.
At least 141 men and 63 women are competing in the national event being held after the World Badminton Federation has lifted a ban on Pakistan. The ban had been imposed some four years back due to grouping in the national badminton federation.
A long legal battle was fought between the two groups and Aamir Hayat Khan Rokhari, the secretary of one of the warring groups, had died during the litigation.
Leading players, including national champion Wajid Ali, are also competing in the national event.
Teams of Wapda, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines, National Bank, police and all provinces are also participating in national championship.
Another dengue larvae case has been reported on the premises of the Lahore City Cricket Association (LCCA) this last week. The district government staff found the larvae in an under-construction cafeteria of the LCCA.
Last week, the larvae were found in the rainwater accumulated in the ground and a case was registered against LCCA’s chief curator Abdul Haye, who managed to get a bail. The case was registered against the cafeteria owner, who has to run it under a lease agreement.