Karachi: A dispute between the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) and the state-operated Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) could threaten the country’s participation in London 2012, the head of the POA said on Sunday.
The row over a national sports policy will be discussed at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board meeting this week.
“At this stage, I cannot comment on Pakistan’s participation in the London Olympics. This matter will be taken up during the IOC Executive Board meeting on July 20-21,” POA president Arif Hasan said in a statement. “But the IOC is closely monitoring the situation in Pakistan.”
The dispute intensified after the PSB said it stood firm over the implementation of a 2005 national sports policy which bars officials of sporting federations from holding office for a third term.