In a significant development aimed at revitalising the sports industry, Pakistan’s Prime Minister has approved a new sports policy that will be implemented from 2023 to 2027.
According to reports, the policy seeks to support transparency, inclusivity, and efficiency in sports administration, as well as to bring about positive changes in the country’s sports.
The Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) will maintain its independent status under the Olympic Charter, according to the newly approved policy.
However, POA officers will now be limited to two terms of three years each. The age limit for officials running for office has also been established at 70 years.
An independent election commission will be established for the national federations to guarantee transparency in the election process in boards and associations.
A panel of adjudicators will be accessible for mutually agreed-upon dispute resolution. A National Sports Council will be formed to foster coordination among all parties.
PSB will be in charge of providing grants, infrastructure, and sports facility development, with a focus on supporting women’s and transgender sports.
As from July 1, “students of the male sex shall not compete on a team designated for students of the female sex,” according to the new law for transgenders.
The Republican governor of Wyoming did not veto legislation that would have prohibited transgender people from participating on girls’ or women’s sports teams, making Wyoming the nineteenth state to do so.
Governor Mark Gordon permitted the bill to become law on Friday without his signature, saying he supported the general aim of gender equality in athletic competition.
In his written judgement, he argued that the restriction “is unduly severe, is discriminatory without attention to individual situations or mitigating factors, and pays little attention to fundamental principles of equality.”
As on July 1, “students of the male sex shall not compete on a team designated for students of the female sex,” according to the new law.
There have been dozens of Republican proposals introduced in state legislatures across the United States that seek to push back against transgender rights, such as banning gender-affirming care for minors, restricting drag shows, and preventing transgender people from using restrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities associated with their gender identities.
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