Political dispute casts shadow over Pakistan Olympic dreams

  • A row between the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) and the state-operated Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) has cast a shadow over the country's participation in London 2012.

    The dispute escalated after the PSB said it maintained the implementation of a 2005 sports policy which bars officials of sporting federations from holding office for a third term.

    The POA has argued the IOC charter prevents the government from interfering in national federations affiliated to the POA.

    A statement from the POA said: "Some of the rules formed by PSB and provisions of the national sports policy are not in accordance with the Olympic Charter, which if not corrected immediately may result in the unfortunate isolation of Pakistan sports from the international sports arena."

    Pakistan will be taking part in the men's hockey, athletics, swimming and shooting competitions.