Panaji: A wave of excitement swept across the Don Bosco Higher Secondary School and College in Panaji as students made the most of their interaction with ‘Moga’, the mascot of the 37th National Games.
Moga visited the students of Don Bosco to greet them and bring a taste of the upcoming sports extravaganza.
There was wild and thunderous applause as the students didn’t miss the opportunity and took turns to meet the adorable mascot and listen to what Moga had to say about the National Games that will officially commence on 26 October in Goa.
The aim of the event was also to encourage the young students ahead of the upcoming Games.
Many students clicked selfies with Moga who enjoyed the attention.
Students were seen dancing and playing football penalty shoot outs, while others hurried to get their wrist bands and button badges from the special counter that was set up at the school.
Other activities held for the students during the interaction included kho-kho and ‘dog and the bone’ game.
Alino Colaco, a BPed student of Don Bosco College, was thrilled to meet Moga.
“It was a good feeling to meet Moga. Last year, there was a rumour that the National Games would happen in Goa. But it didn’t materialise so, I am positively looking forward to the National Games this year, and the enriching experience,” he said.
Another student, Shounak Painginkar said that Moga is the Indian bison and also Goa’s State Animal.
“Moga, the face of the National Games, is going around the state to create an emotional connection with the students across various schools. This is a good way of creating a buzz of the Games that will increase its popularity,” he said.