GCA backs GOA demand for implementing sports policy

May 12th, 2009 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, May 12 (IANS) Goa Cricket Association (GCA) president and Congress legislator Dayanand Narvekar has supported the Goa Olympic Association’s (GOA) demand for implementation of the state’s sports policy.
GOA has warned the state government that if the sports policy is not implemented within three months they would boycott all national championships and the National Games.

Addressing a press conference at the GCA office Tuesday, the former finance minister said that two successive Congress-led coalition governments had failed to implement the sports policy, which was aimed at promoting sports in the state.

“I fully support the GOA demand. It should be implemented within 15 days,” he said.

GOA is chaired by Subhash Shirodkar, who is also the president of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee.

“We (GOA) have passed a resolution to press for the implementation of a sports policy. Three months is a good enough time,” Shirodkar had said.

Nearly 22 state associations were party to the resolution.

Narvekar charged the state government with being obsessed with cost-intensive infrastructure for the National Games scheduled to be held in Goa in 2011, instead of ensuring that sportsmen in the state were well nurtured.

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