Asian Games, POA deserves commendation

Pakistan’s performance at the Hangzhou Asian Games was undoubtedly disappointing, as the country only managed to secure three medals. However, it would be unjust to solely criticize and hold the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) accountable for this outcome. It is crucial to recognize the significant role that the POA plays in organizing the travel, accommodation, and other logistical aspects for the Pakistani contingent.

Pakistan Boxing team in asian games athlete village
pakistan boxing team in asian games athlete village

During the Asian Games, the primary responsibility of the Pakistan Olympic Association was to ensure proper accreditation and efficiently manage all logistical affairs. Their dedication and efforts in this regard deserve commendation. It is worth noting that the athletes representing Pakistan did not encounter any significant difficulties during the games, which is a testament to the POA’s effective execution of their responsibilities.

President POA Syed ARIF HASSAN giving cash prize KASHMALA TALAT
President POA Syed ARIF HASSAN giving cash prize KISHMALA TALAT

Moreover, the Pakistan Olympic Association went above and beyond by distributing cash prizes to the silver medal-winning Squash team and Kishmala Talat, the first-ever female shooter from Pakistan. This gesture highlights the POA’s commitment to recognizing and rewarding exceptional achievements in sports.

Prwsident POA Arif Hassan and secetary Khalid Mehmood with acting president of Olympc council of asia
Prwsident POA Arif Hassan and secetary Khalid Mehmood with acting president of Olympc council of asia

The Pakistan Olympic Association serves as the governing body responsible for overseeing the participation of Pakistani athletes in international sports events, including the prestigious Asian Games. Their primary objective is to promote and develop sports within the country while selecting and supporting athletes on their journey to represent Pakistan on a global stage. To achieve this, the POA conducts a comprehensive assessment of potential athletes, evaluating their performance across various sports. This meticulous process aids in identifying the most talented individuals who possess the potential to excel at the international level.

To ensure that Pakistani athletes are well-prepared for the Asian Games, the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) always emphasizes the establishment of early training programs and camps. These initiatives aim to enhance athletes’ skills, physical fitness, and mental resilience, equipping them to perform at their best during the competition. Recognizing the importance of sports science and medical support, the POA collaborates with experts in these fields to provide specialized assistance to athletes. This includes access to sports psychologists, nutritionists, physiotherapists, and other professionals who play a crucial role in optimizing the athletes’ performance and well-being.

Athlete Support and Development: The POA’s Responsibilities in Providing Support and Resources

Being an athlete is tough, both physically and financially. That’s where the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) steps in! Their role is to ensure that athletes receive the financial support they need to compete at the Games. The POA works tirelessly to secure sponsorships and financial assistance for our talented athletes. In fact, the POA has arranged IOC Olympic Solidarity scholarships for 12 elite Pakistani athletes to train and prepare for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. These scholarships, designed for elite athletes who are training and attempting to qualify for Paris 2024, provide each athlete with a grant of US$650 per month. The Olympic scholarship began on January 1, 2022, and will be divided into separate terms of four months each until August 31, 2024.

Coaching and Sports Education

What’s a great athlete without a great coach? The POA recognizes the importance of coaching and sports education in nurturing athletes’ talents. They collaborate with national sports federations to provide top-class coaches and trainers who can help our athletes reach their full potential. Through workshops, seminars, and training programs, the POA ensures that athletes have access to the best resources and guidance to excel in their respective sports.

Athlete Welfare and Mental Health Support

Athletes are not only physical beings; their mental well-being also plays a crucial role in their performance. The Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) takes athlete welfare seriously and provides comprehensive support for mental health issues. We work closely with professionals to offer counseling services and create a supportive environment for our athletes. After all, a happy mind leads to better results on the field!

Pakistan contingent Dr ASAD ABBAS giving treatment to athlete in village
Pakistan contingent Dr ASAD ABBAS giving treatment to athlete in village

Eligibility Criteria and Qualification Standards

The POA sets strict eligibility criteria and qualification standards that athletes must meet to be considered for selection in the Pakistani contingent. These criteria are put in place to ensure that only the most deserving and capable athletes represent the country at the Asian Games.

Handling Appeals and Disputes

In the event of any appeals or disputes regarding team selection, the POA establishes a transparent and fair process to address such concerns. This ensures that athletes have a platform to voice their grievances and seek resolution, thereby maintaining the integrity and credibility of the selection process.

Travel Arrangements and Visa Support

The POA takes full responsibility for coordinating travel arrangements for the Pakistani contingent, ensuring their smooth journey to the host city of the Asian and other Games. This includes managing visa applications, flight bookings, and other logistical aspects to minimize any hassles for the athletes and officials during the games. Our aim is to provide a seamless experience for our athletes, allowing them to focus solely on their performance.
Accommodation and Venue Liaison

The Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) works diligently to secure suitable accommodation for the Pakistani contingent during their stay in the host city. They liaise with the organizing committee and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that the athletes have a comfortable and convenient environment to rest, recover, and prepare amidst the excitement of the Games.

Transportation and Security

President POA SYED ARIF HASSAN shaking hand with Asian Kabbadi official
President POA SYED ARIF HASSAN shaking hand with Asian Kabbadi official

To facilitate the movement of athletes and officials, the POA provides transportation services, including shuttle buses to and from the venues. Additionally, they prioritize the safety and security of the Pakistani contingent by coordinating with local authorities to implement appropriate measures and protocols.

With their comprehensive role encompassing preparations, team selection, and logistical support, the Pakistan Olympic Association played a crucial part in representing the nation at the Hangzhou Asian Games. Through their dedication and efforts, Pakistani athletes had the opportunity to shine on the international stage and make their country proud.

Coordination and Collaboration: The POA’s Role in Coordinating with Other National Sports Bodies and the Asian Olympic Council.

Collaboration with National Sports Federations

Teamwork makes the dream work, and the POA understands this well. They collaborate with national sports federations to ensure a smooth flow of communication and coordination. By working hand in hand with these federations, the POA ensures that all preparations and logistics are in place for our athletes to excel at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
Communication with the Asian Olympic Council

POA president SYED ARIF Hassan with archery team
POA president SYED ARIF Hassan with archery team

The Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) plays a crucial role in facilitating communication between Pakistan and the Asian Olympic Council. They maintain regular and effective communication channels, acting as a bridge to represent our nation’s interests and ensure that all necessary arrangements are meticulously taken care of. From diligently submitting paperwork to promptly resolving any issues that may arise, the POA works tirelessly to ensure the smooth functioning of all operations.

Cooperation with the Host Country’s Olympic Committee

Hosting an event as prestigious as the Asian Games demands a high level of teamwork and cooperation. The POA actively collaborates with the host country’s Olympic Committee to create a seamless and unforgettable experience for our athletes. From meticulously organizing transportation arrangements to providing comfortable accommodation, the POA works closely with the host country’s committee to ensure that our athletes feel at home while competing on foreign soil.

Representation and Promotion: The POA’s Role in Showcasing Pakistani Sports

The POA shoulders the responsibility of representing Pakistan at the Asian Games and promoting the excellence of Pakistani sports. They take great pride in coordinating Pakistan’s representation in the grand opening and closing ceremonies, ensuring that our athletes march proudly under the Pakistani flag. This is their moment to shine, and the POA leaves no stone unturned in making sure that the world recognizes and appreciates the incredible talent that our nation possesses.

Public Relations and Media Coverage
Promoting Pakistani sports is a crucial responsibility of the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA). They work closely with media outlets to ensure maximum coverage for our athletes. Through press releases, interviews, and engaging on social media, the POA shines a light on the hard work and dedication of our athletes. After all, they are our pride, and their achievements deserve recognition worldwide.

In conclusion, the role and responsibilities of the Pakistan Olympic Association during the Hangzhou Asian Games are vital in shaping the success and representation of Pakistani athletes on the international stage. Through meticulous preparations, athlete support, coordination with various stakeholders, and effective promotion, the POA strives to create an environment where athletes can excel and showcase their talents.
The Hangzhou Asian Games served as a platform for Pakistan to demonstrate its sporting prowess, foster national pride, and inspire future generations of athletes. The dedication and commitment of the Pakistan Olympic Association contribute to the overall development of sports in our country.

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