Panaji: August 18, 2019 …. Stressing upon importance of physical fitness Chief Minister, Dr. Pramod Sawant has urged every individual to be health conscious and inculcate healthy habits in life. He was speaking at an inaugural function of Late. Dr. Manohar Parrikar Memorial 52nd Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior State Level Athletic Championship 2019 held at Athletic Stadium, Bambolim recently.

The Championship was organised by Goa Athletic Association in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa, and is dedicated to former Chief Minister late Manohar Parrikar.

While addressing the athletes, Dr. Sawant further said that, `An individual who loves his nation and aspires to contribute towards growth of the Country, he should love his own self first by staying healthy. This attitude will definitely attribute to the well being of the nation. Sports could be instrumental to inculcate such values in youngsters.

Chief Minister reiterated that the State has most of the Sports infrastructure in place to host National Games. The National Olympic Committee has now to decide about organisation of National Games. As soon as it makes decision, we will be ready to have National Games in the State, he added.

He also extended greetings to the young athletes for participating in the Championship and urged participants to give their best performance and make it to National, International level sports to bring laurels to the State.

It is informed that around 1500 young athletes from 12 talukas  are  participating in the Championship. which will continue till August 17, 2019.

Secretary, Goa Olympic Association Shri. Gurudatta Bhakta lauded the efforts taken by the State Government to improve Sports Infrastructure in the State.

President of Goa Athletic Association, Ex-MP Shri. Narendra Sawaikar, Executive Director of the Sports Authority of Goa Shri. V.M. Prabhudessai, Secretary of  Goa Athletic Association Shri. Paresh Kamat, Jt.Secretary of  Goa Athletic Association Shri. Akhil Parrikar, Vice Chairman of Goa Athletic Association Smt. Anita Rodrigues were present on the occasion.


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