LHC losing patience over PFF-PSB issue

KARACHI: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday adjourned the hearing of the case about a vital sports issue till Wednesday (tomorrow) after the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) did not send their legal experts.

Sources told ‘The News’ that after the representatives from the Board and POA did not come, the judge said that he was not going to give more time and adjourned it for a day. Now, the hearing will again be held on Wednesday (tomorrow).

Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) had filed a petition in the LHC at the end of September in which the entity and legality of the PSB was questioned.

Then after a few days the LHC issued a standing order and advised all the stakeholders that they will not discuss any sports issue until the court gives its final verdict. The court’s decision also forced the PSB to postpone its meeting which it had convened on October 1 for discussing the vital issue pertaining to the implementation of national sports policy in light of the Supreme Court verdict issued on May 8.

Sources said that PSB is in deep trouble as their legal position was at stake in the light of the petition in which the PFF had questioned the legality of the Board which was formed in 1962.

The sports fraternity is embroiled with intricate problems and recently the LHC has also directed the POA to repeat their elections except for the slot of the president.

The court verdict came in the light of a petition which had filed by Nadeem Sindhu after the POA elections in which he had pleaded that he was not allowed to attend the electoral meeting of the POA in February despite being a candidate for the slot of secretary. POA officials intend to take the matter to Supreme Court and are waiting for a detailed court judgement.

From: The News