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Pakistan’s London show in doubt

A power struggle between the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) and the government controlled Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) could deprive the country from taking part in the Olympics.

other Updated: Jun 04, 2012 00:15 IST

A power struggle between the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) and the government controlled Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) could deprive the country from taking part in the Olympics.

There are signs that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) may end up suspending Pakistan's membership this week.

The IOC has summoned officials of the POA and PSB to its headquarters in Geneva on June 4 to discuss what they see as growing government interference and influence in the affairs of the national sports federations and the national Olympic body.

The dispute between the POA and PSB has aggravated after the latter said it had the right to look into the constitutions and affairs of national sports federations who it funds annually.

Arif Hassan, POA president, claimed that while the Olympic charter clearly discourages any interference in the affairs of the NOC and its affiliated units, the PSB has given itself the authority to now amend constitutions of national federations.

"It is clear that the IOC is not happy with what is happening in Pakistan but what they do I hope is in best interest of Pakistan sports," he said.

Pistorius falls under ‘A’ standard

EUGENE: Oscar Pistorius is trying to become the first double-amputee to run in the Olympics this summer in London. The chances are dwindling for the South African.

Pistorius ran the 400 meters at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday in 46.86 seconds, well below the Olympic "A'' standard of 45.30.