Sports Journalists Association Sindh organized a Seminar on the new Provincial Sports Policy at the Scout Headquarters, Karachi. Presidents and secretaries of various provincial sporting associations presented their recommendations for the upcoming sports policy of Sindh. Secretary Sports and Youth affairs Sindh, Syed Imtiaz Ali Shah presented his detailed viewpoint regarding Sindh’s upcoming sports policy. He stated that the welfare of athletes, cash rewards for sportspersons who win accolades at the international level, discouragement of parallel-associations, improvement of infrastructure, and betterment of sports at the grass-root level will be part of the new provincial sports policy. a comprehensive sports policy is the need of the hour and the lack of comprehensive strategy is causing hindrance in the progress of sports and athletes. He said the fundamental responsibility of the sports department is to cater to athletes and promote sports. Imtiaz Ali Shah vowed to introduce a mechanism to reward outstanding athletes. The provincial secretary of sports and youth affairs was of the opinion that hostels should be constructed along with sporting facilities and furthermore, the Sindh government will collaborate with the education department to promote sports at the level of school and college. He said that women would be provided with a fair share in sports and associations. Provision of pension, awards for coaches, and organizers were also recommended by attendees, on which the provincial secretary said that the proposal of sports welfare fund would be incorporated in the new policy. He assured the associations’ representatives that rational suggestions would be included in the upcoming provincial sports policy.
President, SJAS, Muhammad Asif Khan, in his concluding remarks, thanked the secretary of sports and youth affairs and representatives of associations for their cooperation. The ceremony was hosted by Secretary-General, SJAS, Muhammad Asghar Azeem.