LAHORE - The Pakistan Sports Board has categorised 15 top potential sports for government assistance technically and financially while directives are being issued to the auditor general for the audit of the federations. The sports missing from the priority list include badminton, basketball, bodybuilding, cycling, equestrian sports, golf, gymnastics, handball, netball, rowing, rugby, sailing, rifle shooting, ski, swimming, tug-of-war and volleyball. And interestingly, the exclusion of games like badminton, bodybuilding, cycling, golf and volleyball comes as a surprising especially when one considers that these sports' recent performances have been a success story. The sports put on priority list include athletics, football, hockey, judo, kabaddi, karate, squash, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, weightlifting, wrestling, wushu, boxing, billiards & snooker. The inclusion of tennis and wushu as potential sports are even more surprising at the cost of some of the above-mentioned sport. Director General Pakistan Sports Board Syed Amir Hamza Gilani, while presiding over the meeting of secretaries, expressed the need of the time for all the national federations to come forward and supplement government efforts. The secretaries of all the federations met on Thursday here at the Football House to discuss various important issues. In his welcome address, the DG PSB stated that Pakistan athletes were not producing the desired results and overall the standard was declining. "During the fiscal year 2007-08 over 80 sports teams participated in international events and their performance remained very poor. We must make tangible and concrete efforts for producing sportspersons of international caliber. "We should strive hard to put our sports on the path of success for which dedicated, sincere and immediate efforts are required. We must make meticulous planning, scientific training and coaching and proper talent identification." "Keeping in view this perturbing situation, the government has decided to prioritise the 15 games in which we have potential to win the medals at international level." He further added: "The government will provide administrative, technical and financial support to them to raise the standard of these respective games. The government has funded millions of rupees to the federations and results are not up to the mark. The government has introduced accountability in sports and to ensure that government funds are spent in the right area and there is no misuse of funds. The Accountant General of Pakistan will conduct audit of the national sports federations shortly." The DG further stated: "It is the duty of the federations to prepare plans for effective preparation and participation in the 11th South Asian Games Bangladesh 2009, 16th Asian Games China 2010, 19th Commonwealth Games, India 2010 and 30th Olympic Games China 2012." During the meeting, preparation of annual reports for the activities carried out during the year 2008, sports calendar for the year 2009, provision of budget estimates for the year 2009-10 by the federations, documents, data for arranging government clearance for holding international tournaments at home and participation in the international events at abroad together with the submission of managers report and submission of audited statement of accounts were discussed. The concerned federations assured that they will submit the required information, documents and material in time to speed up the finalisation of the matter. The secretaries of federations submitted their action plans. The PSB will now prepare a comprehensive plan in consultation with the Pakistan Olympic Association for approval of the government. The selection criteria for camp trainees, strength, venues, dates of the training camps for 11th South Asian Games to be organised during the current financial year will be finalised on January 16. In all 30 secretaries of the different federations and Abdul Khaliq Khan, Secretary General POA, attended the meeting and shared their views. Tahir Said, Director PSB Coaching Centre, Muhammad Yousaf, Director Training, Mahmood Aslam Dar, Publication Officer and Assistant Director Training of the PSB were also present on the occasion.