New Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar promised all help for the realisation of the 3RD LUSOFONIA GAMES IN GOA in November 2013.
The new president of Goa Olympic Association (GOA), Shripad Naik, MP who took over from Subash Shirodkar assured full help from the new BJP Government for hosting the Lusofonia Games in Goa in November 2013. Shripad Naik is also the president of Goa Rifle Shooting Association.
GOA (Goa Olympic Association) got a conditional nod from ACOLOP (Associacao de Comites Olympicos de Lingua Official Portuguesa) to host the prestigious 3rd Lusofonia Games in Goa in nine disciplines from November 2-10, 2013.
“ACOLOP’s general assembly expressed solidarity with GOA in organising the Games next year,” stated Alex Vong, president, but its general secretary, Mario Rosa de Almeida was quick to add, “On certain conditions to be fulfilled by July 7.”
The approved nine disciplines are – athletics, basketball, beach volleyball, football, judo, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, wushu, disclosed Alex.
Wushu will be the new game which was voted by the members. Chess is not an Olympic discipline and as such was not considered. Futsal was excluded, since there is no indoor stadium to international specifications and the members agreed to axe it, stated GOA secretary Gurudatta Bhakta.
ACOLOP general secretary Mario Rosa clarified that GOA will have to produce in the first place a time-bound time-table and calendar for the execution of all infrastructure.
“We will monitor its progress and adherence to the schedules as we will appoint a Technical Committee of our experts who will carry out period inspections every three months to check if work is being executed under the plan,” pointed out Mario Rosa.
“GOA will have to immediately prepare the Technical Manual with all details, besides also provide the specifications discipline-wise. They will have to present the progress report on July 7 in Lisbon at the ACOLOP’s general assembly where everything will be under minute scrutiny. It’s only then that the hosting of the Games in Goa will be finally ratified,” stressed Mario Rosa.
Obviously, it’s a case of once bitten twice shy, since the Congress Government did virtually nothing for development of the much-needed sports infrastructure during the past one year. Consequently, aprehensions still persist about the hosting of the prestigious event in Goa.
“The ACOLOP members have been given a new ray of hope by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar,” pointed out Mario Rosa. All of them need to see now quick action-oriented work on the ground and it is only then, they will really believe that the Games would definitely be organised in Goa.
A precious year has been lost. Imagine, there were plans to have a stadium in Shiroda for volleyball and basketball events, but the land itself was never acquired.
“We are confident that Goa will ultimately host the prestigious event. We have guarantees from the Chief Minister as well as the Government. We are all sportspersons. Goa has our full backing. It’s like an athlete who enters the competition aiming at gold or a medal. So we need to trust. But, there will be close monitoring by our technical panels from time to time to make sure deadlines are adhered to,” elaborated Alex.
Shripad Naik, MP, GOA president specifying on the venues stated that as of now athletics will be Pedem Mapusa; football at Fatorda, basketball and volleyball at University ground, Taleigao; judo and taekwondo at Fatorda, TT at Community Hall, Taleigao, beach volleyball at Mira Mar, Wushu at Pernem. There is also a possibility that some of these venues could come up at Farmagudi and Cujira, added Shripad.
The new Government has already earmarked Rs 60 crore for Lusofonia and National Games, stated SAG’s Executive Director, V M Prabhudesai. The Centre has already committed Rs 67 crore.
“There are plenty of jobs to be undertaken immediately. It is a gigantic task given our commitment and the great expectations especially from ACOLOP members,” remarked Prabhudesai.
Mario Rosa, summing up, roared: “It is upto Goans to have the Lusofonia Games. The Press in Goa should play their role in an effective manner for the realisation of the 3rd edition.”
The ACOLOP members (front row l-r) Marcelino Macome, Bernard Rajzman, Marioi Rosa de Almeida, Alex Vong, Shripda Naik, MP, Manuel Marques da Silva, (back row) Jose Gabriel Dava, Gurudatta Bhakta, Franklin Palma, Maria de Lourdes Rodrigues, V M Prabhudesai, Jose Tavares at Ramnada, Varca, Saturday