PANAJI: Outstanding Sports persons winning medals at the National and International Tournaments including special Olympians from the Special Olympics world Championship in Berlin 2023 were felicitated with Cash Award by the Sports Authority of Goa. The awards were presented by the Minister for Social Welfare Shri. Subhash Phal Dessai and Minister for Sports Shri. Govind Gaude at a programme held in the city today.
Minister Shri. Subhash Phal Dessai in his address expressed that, Cash awards by SAG would boost the morale of sports persons to perform extraordinary and bring laurels to the State. It’s more heartening that youngsters are venturing into the sports arena and really performing well. The State Government is very much committed for upgrading the Sports infrastructure in the State. The efforts put in by the Government machinery to enhance the quality of sports are commendable, he said.
Shri. Phal Desai also appreciated the contribution of coaches and mentors for training the athletes rigorously which resulted into success in the National and International games. He expressed satisfaction as the National Games are being held in Goa. National Games will bring positive transformation in the sports sector of the State.
Minister for Sports Shri. Govind Gaude said that, the Government is encouraging the sports and its growth. In order to acknowledge the achievements of sports person and encourage them to improve further the initiative of presenting Cash Awards has been implemented by the State Government.
Felicitation of athletes in the form of Cash awards will certainly inspire them to put more efforts and dedication in their respective sports to achieve success at the national and international level.
It was informed that SAG has released Rs. 28,23,000/- as cash Prize incentives to 147 meritorious athletes who have won medals at National and international Games. Similarly Rs. 70,50,000/- were released as cash awards to 15 athletes who have participated in the special Olympics World Summer Games held in Berlin, Germany 2023.
Joint Director, SAG Smt. Sandhya Phaldessai, Treasurer, SAG Shri. Prajyot Chodankar, Assist. Director Dr. Vivek Pawar and others were present on the occasion.