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Shahid Hashmi reports for BBC Sport -
"It was very much on the cards"
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Sunday, 23 September, 2001, 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK
South Asian Games cancelled
Pakistani police line the streets
There is an uneasy air in Asia at the moment
Pakistan has cancelled the South Asian Games following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

Government officials of the country also took into the account the tension in the region following the events in America.

The event was scheduled to be held in Islamabad from 6-15 October.

"Our preparations were complete but we are postponing these games for an indefinite period," S.K Tressler, the Sports and Culture minister, told a news conference.

The South Asian Games are contested every two years between members of the Asian Association of Regional Cooperation, made up of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives.

An aide added that the games could be rescheduled for February or March 2002.

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