9th SAF games to be held in October,
2001 in Pakistan sports complex, Islamabad

Date of Issue (April 09, 2001)

The South Asian Association for Regional Co- operation (SAARC) was formed in 1983 for the strengthening and development of regional ties of which Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan are the Members.

One of the achievements of this regional arrangement has been the establishment of SAF Games, which provides a platform for the athletes and sports persons of the member countries to participate and represent their countries in the competition. Pakistan first hosted those games in 1989 and it has again been nominated to host the 9th SAF Games in October 2001, for which Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad has been chosen as the venue. The SAF Games represent the biggest sporting event to be held in the country and will be watched by over 1.5 billion people. The aim of the 9th SAF Games Organizing Committee is to use this opportunity to renovate the sporting and equipment facilities at the Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad and to use the games as a launching pad for resource mobilization and capacity building which would provide the basis for developing a sports facility conducive for development of sports in Pakistan and enabling its sports persons to achieve success in the next Asian Games and 2004 Olympics.

It is expected that 3500 athletes and delegates will attend the Sporting Event in October 2001 from the seven member countries and the Opening & Closing ceremonies will have an attendance of approximately 50,000 people. In addition it is expected that the Opening & Closing ceremonies will be aired live to the seven member Countries and to Europe & USA. The following games are part of the competition in the 9th SAF Games:

Athletics Wrestling Taek-Wondo
Swimming Weight Lifting Karate
Foot ball Table Tennis Kabaddi
Boxing Rifle Shooting Squash
Volleyball Badminton Rowing

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