Goan Reporter News: Strengthen sports, tourism and culture in Goa to host more sporting events says Sports Minister Shri Govind Gaude.


Hon. Sports Minister Shri Govind Gaude said the state’s sports infrastructure and organising ability is capable of hosting more events of the stature of the National Games and insisted that the government will work towards hosting major national and international sporting events in the near future.

“We are ready to accept new challenges. This is the result of our meticulous planning. People are appreciating and congratulating us,” he said.

Gaude said the need of the hour was to bring together sports, tourism and culture and give visitors a special experience in Goa.

“Goa is known for tourism, and has a rich culture. Goa is the cultural capital of the nation. Sports, tourism and culture – this triangle needs to be strengthened. International federations are looking to hold sports events and world championships in different disciplines in Goa, for instance, Sepak Takraw. And we have even got a proposal from Modern Pentathlon.

“We have held many international sporting events already. When we hold such international events, sports, tourism and culture will flourish in Goa. Goa will not spare any efforts as far as sports infrastructure is concerned. We will take Goa to the next level,” he said.

Gaude said government will also focus on tapping sports talent from across the state.

“We need to tap the talent in the villages. The 37th National Games has given a good platform for talent. That was my motive for holding the Games. We are working on this. We want our Goan athletes to shine at the international level,” he said.

The Sports Minister said he could not have pulled off such an assignment without a strong team to support him.

“Credit does not go to me alone. It is a teamwork. Planning was going on. We have been slogging and tackling challenges and doing this tough job for the past 7 months. Three months ago, we were spending sleepless nights, even holding meetings at 2am. We were aiming for the best. We wanted to show our potential.”


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