Wednesday, July 29, 2009
GOA felicitates Lusofonia medal winners
HERALD CORRESPONDENT/MAPUSA, JULY 24, 2009
The Lusofonia Games medal winners and coaches felicitated by Goa Olympic Association seen alongwith Sports Minister Babu Azgaonkar, Director of Sports Dr Susan D’Souza, Subhash Shirodkar, President of GOA, Vinayak Naik, Joint Director Sports (SAG), Ashraf Pandiyal, Tresurer of SAG and Gurudatta Bhakta, Secretary of GOA on Friday.
Goa Olympic Association felicitated the taekwondo and volleyball sportspersons who made Goa and India proud at the 2nd Lusofonia Games by bringing medals from Lisbon, Portugal.
The felicitation function was held at Hotel Manoshanti, Panjim on Friday, at the hands Sports Minister Babu Azgaonkar in the presence of Director of Sports Dr Susan D’Souza, Subhash Shirodkar, President of GOA, Vinayak Naik, Joint Director Sports (SAG), Ashraf Pandiyal, Tresurer of SAG and Gurudatta Bhakta, Secretary of GOA.
Speaking on the occasion, Babu lauded the entire Goan contingent saying. He said, “winning a medal is not important, but Goan sportspersons putting a brave face against their opponents who were mostly Olympians is commendable.”
Goa actually representing India is like a state playing country, he said adding this was a good opportunity for Goan players to know international standards.
Mr Shirodkar speaking at the occasion said that by participating at the Lusofonia Games the Goan talent is getting an international exposure.
Goa has got a big opportunity to get required infrastructure as the National and Lusofonia Games will be held in the State, and this will make Goa on par with international standards and bring national unity, he added.
He further said that the government which is felicitating std X students for their excellence in studies will also extend their support in sports.
The following sportsperson were felicitated by GOA:
In taekwondo, Chandan Lakra for gold (Rs 10,000), J Kavita silver (Rs 7000), while Sharol Fernandes, Reema Aranha, Rashmi Naik, and Anand Rajan for bronze (Rs 5000 each).
Taekwondo women’s coach Theophile Leo, men’s coach Gurumayum Sharma and volleyball coach Alex Noronha (Rs 3000 each).
In volleyball: Melinda Pereira, Melissa Pereira, Milagrin Mascarenhas, Monica Almeida, Synora Rodrigues, Kimberly Fernandes, Penny Rebello, Queency Rebello, Clarissa Rodrigues, Betty D’Silva, Sally Telles, and Shamal Gaoncar (Rs 10,000 for team).