KARACHI: The four regions who delayed submission of discipline-wise entries finally submitted it to the organising secretary of the 13th Sindh Games on Monday evening, thus enabling the organisers to finalise the logistics. The Games are due to take place at different venues of the city from June 14 to 16.
The four regions, who complied with the final warning of provincial secretary for Sports and Youth Affairs, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, include Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur and Karachi. Larkana sent their entries earlier.
According to final figures available here, a total of 2043 athletes and officials will assemble in the city for five days for the annual spectacle. The figure has been slightly cut as some regions will not be competing in all disciplines.
In the meantime, a meeting of the games steering committee was held in the committee room of the Tughlaq House on Tuesday to take stock of the progress regarding hosting of the games.
In his opening remarks the secretary sports informed that demand drafts of two days daily allowance have been dispatched to chef-de-missions of four outstation regions in advance.
He threw light on the coordination between sports and education departments and said it will set a new precedent.
He also issued instructions for the display of banners at important places in the city as well as in interior of Sindh.
The official said round-the-clock efforts are afoot to make the games memorable and provide best possible comfort to participants.
“Like last year’s Larkana Games, all athletes, officials, and people who are directly connected with the 13th Sindh Games, have been insured for a month starting June 1,” he added.
Syed Wasiuddin, representative of the NED University, assured to provide two buses to cater athletes to the venue of opening and closing ceremonies and back to their place of accommodation.It may be mentioned that University of Karachi has already held out assurance to provide a fleet of four buses.
Ms Rafiq Haleem disclosed that women athletes will be lodged at the Youth Hostel, Social Welfare Hostel, Women’s Sports Complex and Hockey Club of Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Sindh Sports Minister, Dr Mohammad Ali Shah, who has gone abroad for medical check-up on May 23, is due to arrive here on June 10.