Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) concluded today its two-day Educational Seminar at Mayo Gardens Club, Pakistan Railways in Lahore. The seminar gathered 60 in-person attendees and 50 via Zoom, including athletes and coaches selected to represent Pakistan at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, alongside officials from National Federations and sports organizations and their athletes and coaches.
Three expert speakers delivered the necessary awareness:
Mr. Muhammad Atif Shafiq presented the “Prevention of Manipulation of Competition,” focusing on safeguarding sports integrity.
Dr. Asad Abbas Shah, an IOC Certified expert in Sports Medicine, discussed “Prevention from Injuries in Sports” to ensure athlete well-being.
Mr. Hamdan Nazir, MEMOSIAN, emphasized “Protection from Harassment and Abuse in Sports,” fostering a respectful sporting environment.
Chief Guest Mr. Shahdi Aziz, CEO/Sr. General Manager of Pakistan Railways, assured athletes of support for the seminar and the dedicated athletes preparing for the 19th Asian Games.
Secretary General of POA, thanked the experts and Pakistan Railway for their contributions. He shared that such seminars bridge the gap between athletes and management, and enhance sports orientation and awareness.
The seminar provided a platform for participants to engage with these experts, ask questions, and gain a deeper understanding of the critical topics that will play a pivotal role in their preparation for the 19th Asian Games. The event also facilitated networking and knowledge-sharing among athletes and officials, fostering a sense of community and unity as they prepared to represent their nation on the international stage.
President POA, Lt. Gen. (R) Syed Arif Hasan, HI(M), present on occasion addressed the participants about the importance of the seminar to bridge the gap between athletes and the management with special focus on their educational needs imperative for fair play and outstanding performance. He emphasized that success in sports extends far beyond natural talent and hard work; it hinges on a deep understanding of an athlete’s physical, mental, and nutritional needs. Seminars like these play an indispensable role in empowering both athletes and coaches with the insights they need to reach the pinnacle of their abilities
Mr. Muhammad Inam Butt thanked the experts on delivering valuable lectures, Pakistan Railway for providing facilities. He extended special thanks to the POA management for arranging this seminar just a few weeks before the games which is of very much importance and shall have a positive impact on the development and performance of the athletes.