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23 Sep 2018 05:48am IST
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23 Sep 2018 05:48am IST

Is football truly the State sport? The Goa Olympic Association results create a serious doubt about the same as football lost its battle to find its place in the State Olympic Association. ALLAN D'CRUZ speaks to GFA President Elvis Gomes and Arjuna Awardee Brahmanand Sankhwalkar who were of the opinion that football had to be considered in the association as Sports of Judo have two representations along with the others from Boxing, hockey, archery and others.

HERALD:   What's your take on Shripad's decision to keep out Football from his GOA panel?

Elvis Gomes: I don’t know why a representative from Goa Football could not be associated with the Goa Olympic Association. By the way I don’t believe in Panels. Shripad did not have any opposition to his being the president. He should have guided other Associations into sending representatives where previously there were none so that interest of everyone was taken care of.


HERALD: Do you feel the government has failed to support and promote the State sports?

EG: Absolutely. I don’t think anyone in the Government has any idea about sports other than about draining tax payers money on a chosen few to the exclusion of others. ‘State Sport’ is a misnomer. There is nothing that the State sports gets from the government. Even the camp money of Rs 10.5 lakhs to prepare for Lusofonia Games 2013, in which we were gold medal winners, was denied to us. Is anything more shameful than denying gold medallist the dues? And the GOA also did nothing.

 

HERALD: This was the first time football had its nomination for the GOA panel, could the BJP Representative consider the state sport as part of its panel rather than opting to have two members from the Judo association?

EG: Who will tell them? They are very senior and should have had that maturity to think. But the system operates on coteries and they love to operate that way.

HERALD: Considering all the current factors and situation in the state, is the sport of football developing in Goa?

EG: Rather than saying developing, I would say whether it is evolving. The answer is yes and no. Yes because GFA still has been creating a platform to showcase performance. No because top clubs have opted out of playing at the national level as there is no certainty about which way Football is being taken by the AIFF as it has no consistency in its policies. Only one club from Goa finds favour with AIFF to be in the I League which along with the club was to be killed long ago for the sake of ISL.

HERALD: What can be done to promote football and players? How could the government help the association in doing the same?

EG:  Governments have been doing more damage by following a policy of discrimination. Careers of so many players or athletes have been ruined as hope of getting some assistance from the government is dependent on each one’s ability to get close to the CM or ministers. An uninfluenced independent audit of government spending will reveal what I mean to show in whose pockets  the tax payer’s money, which is meant for sportspersons is going. Some are having a good time at the expense of sportspersons.
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HERALD: What's your take on Shripad's decision to keep out Football from his GOA panel ?
Brahmanand Sankhwalkar: Football representative should have been there, in larger interest of sports.
HERALD: Do you feel the government has failed to support and promote the State sports?
BS: It's the duty of associations to take sports to a higher level. It's a commitment, the committed people along with government and the associations has to look for, one should be conscious.
HERALD:  This was the first time football had its nomination for the GOA panel, could the BJP Representative consider the state sport as part of its panel rather then opting to have two members from the Judo association?
BS: I don't mix politics with sports. However, It's not a good decision to have two seats for judo. They should have a review and get in football which it deserves.
HERALD:  Considering all the current factors and situation in the state, is the sport of football developing in Goa?
BS: This question requires wide debate, many factors come in including academics career, but very few parents supports their children fully with risk but most succeeded.
HERALD: What can be done to promote football and players? How could the government help the association in doing the same?
BS: Certain level things are going on fine, but clubs level wise especially in the GFA Third Division, Second Division and 1st Division needs government financial support.
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