PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that sports associations in Goa had failed to prepare their teams for the National Games.
“It has been 8 years since it was final that Goa would host the national games but the sports associations in Goa had failed to prepare their teams,” said Sawant
He further said that State had only a few players of high standards despite providing infrastructure, PE teachers and coaching facilities.
“Preparations to host the National Games in October are almost done. The dates will be finalised soon. Our efforts are on to encourage youth in sports. But parents also should encourage their children to watch games, so that they get inspiration,” Sawant said
Earlier, Sawant had said that the National Games will be held in October 2023, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Sports associations of Goa are being taken into confidence to create a sports environment here,” Sawant had said.
“Sports tourism is our next activity in the tourism space. We will help organise sports events at the national level in the future as we will have the infrastructure ready after the National Games,” Sawant had said.
According to Sawant, the inauguration ceremony is tentatively scheduled for October 23 or 24, depending on the Prime Minister’s availability. The ceremony will be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, South Goa district.
The National Games will begin on the day of the inauguration and continue until November 10, 2023. The event is expected to showcase some of the best sporting talent from across the country.