LAHORE -In a meeting of the SAG's governing body recently in Katmandu, Nepal it has been decided that seven additional games would be added to the South Asian sporting spectacle later this year in November-December at Dhaka - raising the total number of disciplines from 16 to 23. The president of the Pakistan Olympic Association, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Syed Arif Hasan said that the addition of disciplines provides our athletes an opportunity to get exposure at the regional level as well as enhancing our medal yield. "We supported the inclusion of these disciplines because these are the ones where we have serious medal prospects", said Gen. Arif. The new games on the roster are: badminton, basketball, cricket (under-21), cycling (road race), golf, volleyball and wrestling. The previous record and a glance at the form book suggest that Pakistan has a good prospect of winning medals of all hues in these disciplines. In volleyball, the boys in green have hit the gold standard; in cricket Pakistan's under-21 team should be good enough to feature at least amongst the top three if not two. In cycling the Tour de Pakistan is perhaps the longest and toughest in the region in terms of length and a test of endurance; in gold and wrestling too Pakistan's young talent is showing a spark. In badminton, Naqi Mohsin and Aamer Hayat Rokhri keep reminding us that our best days are just round the corner. So, overall Pakistan came out smiling from the meeting as its objectives were met to a greater degree than expected. The much-enhanced size - a record for the South Asian Games, recently rechristened from its previous nomenclature of South Asian Federation Games - would definitely put a strain Bangladesh's organisational and hosting capacity. But, Gen. Arif confided, that Pakistan had suggested that for the next Games a 'revolving door' method be adopted through 'imaginative scheduling'. This would mean that the events are so scheduled that all the participants were not there through the duration of the Games, with the arrivals matching the departures in almost the same number. Gen. Arif's take on Pakistan's expected performance: "since the low we hit in 2001 at Kathmandu, we have reversed the trajectory big time, and for the last two Games, we have sustained our upward mobility in terms of medals haul. We are now second, and let me be honest - we would not be first at Dhaka. Given India's size, its comparatively much advanced infrastructural capacity and the proficiency of its female athletes, it would be unrealistic to expect that. But I am positive about one thing: we would be closing the gap on India, ditto in terms of being ahead of the rest of the field," concluded Gen. Arif.