KARACHI: After taking into consideration the deteriorating political situation in Bangkok the First Asian Martial Arts Games have been once again postponed, a top official of the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) confirmed it to 'The News' on Sunday.
The secretary of the POA Abdul Khaliq Khan said, "Yes, it is true. I donít know whether it is the decision of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) or the organising committee of the Games, but it is confirmed that the event has been postponed and now it would be held in August in place of June."
It is pertinent to mention here that this is the second time that these Games have been postponed. The spectacle, the first ever in history, was initially penciled in for April 25 to May 3, but latter it was rescheduled for June 6 to 14, but according to the fresh decision the event has now been further pushed back, shifting it from June to August.
However, Abdul Khaliq Khan did not disclose the new dates, saying, he has not yet been intimated about it in written. However, he said that the postponement will not affect the preparations of the Pakistani players, saying the coaches have got further time and they will be able to work on the weak points of their players.
Pakistan will field in the event in five disciplines including judo, karate, taekwondo, wushu and ju-jitsu.