11 Goan athletes in Team India for Lusofonia

PTI, PANAJI | 10 August 2013 16:52 IST

The Lusofonia Games' athletic contingent from India will include 16 athletes from Goa.

The national athletes will consist of 29 men and 33 women, according to Goa Athletic Association (GAA) senior vice-president, Gurudas Natekar and general secretary Paresh Kamat.

Speaking to reporters, Kamat said the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) will send 62 athletes, five coaches, two managers, one observer and a physiotherapist.

The athletes will arrive in Goa on September 25 and a month's residential coaching camp will be conducted for the selected athletes prior to Lusofonia Games, from September 26 to October 27 at Peddem ground, Mapusa.

"Our aim is to secure atleast 20 medals. A dope testing laboratory will also be set up," stated Kamat.


The Goan squad comprises 11 men. They are Irfan Sheikh, Anik Naik, Andy Fernandes, Himanshu Velingkar, Casisus Fernandes, Siddarth Gad, Vikas Velip, Jovito Fernandes, Francisco Element, Shankar Dhamdhay, Hurber D'Souza.

The women athlets are: Tallualah Braganza, Nitish Gaokar, Sharnifa Lobo, Kajol Vernekar and Desirree Pereira.

The support staff include Vrunda Vernekar, Patrick Soares, P D Shashikumar, all coaches, Digamber Narvekar assistant coach, Rohidas Kadam, Durgesh Gaonkar, Juliet Abrahim, Sarika Naik, Shailesh Surlekar (all managers) and Sushant Naik (co-ordinator).

The Lusofonia Games 2013 will be held from November 2-10 in Goa.

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There seems to be a few Political Idiots,mainly BJP coming out of the woodwork,to criticise the Lusofonia Games.

weve had Vishnu Surya Wagh followed by Mannohar Parrikar.Now we have Wilfred Mesquita spurting his 2 rupees worth of "Bile".

Last year the Olympics were held in London. Prior to that Bejing & many other world Cities.

Following such events, There has always been an increase in Tourism to these destinations.

There has been some debate about the expenditure of these Games in Goa. But it should be remembered that such games always leave a Legacy behind.

Following the Games, I am sure many aspiring Goan sports people, specially youngsters will not only take up some of the sports, but also enjoy them in modern facilities.

Hosting the games ,should be seen as a "Showcase" of what Goa & Goans can do.

It may be just a Sports event of a few linguistically connected Nations. But in turn and given the right amount of Publicity, it would lead to more positive events for the future.

Sadly some of Goa`s Politicians have no vision. They seem to lack a degree of optimism & being positive.

Perhaps the only Sports the Politicians are perceived to be very capable of, is indulging in the Sport of Mass Corruption. The Prize for this needs no mention.

- N.Fernandes, London | 10 th August 2013 22:52


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