Panaji: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has intimated to the Government of Goa that the 36th National Games can be held from November 1 to 16 with a rider that Rs six crore be paid first as ‘hosting rights fee’. The Goa Government thinks otherwise.
Responding to query raised by the leader of opposition Digambar Kamat on penalty imposed by Indian Olympic Association for delay in organising the National Games, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that Goa will not pay penalty imposed by apex Olympic body.
Sports Minister Babu Azgaonkar, Chief Secretary Parimal Rai , Sports Secretary Ashok Kumar , Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) Executive Director Prabhu Desai are to meet the Chief Minister this morning. “We are going to have a meeting with the Chief minister to decide on the finer points of hosting the National Games,” sports minister Babu Azgaonkar told The Navhind Times.
Stating that National Games is not a joke, the Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Manohar Ajgonkar on Monday said that the state government will organise National Games in the month of November 2019.
Replying on demand of the Sports and Youth Affairs in the state assembly, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the National Games will help to create sports infrastructure in the state.
He said that total Rs 160 crore works for National Games are being going on which include multi-purpose stadium and other facilities and added that Rs 200 crore is earmarked for opening and closing ceremony of National Games.
He attributed the delay in completing works of upgrading as well as creating sports infrastructure for national games to model code of conduct for recently held elections.
Ajgaonkar also announced that the state will soon implement national sports code wherein sports will be categorized into three categories and they will get financial assistance based on their performances. Stating that Goa is a hub of sports, the Minister said that in order to utilise sports infrastructure the government is planning to lease it to private companies and process of appointing transaction advisor for the purpose is on.
He also assured that after the National Games the maintenance works of taluka level sports infrastructure will be taken up.
“The Sports department needs financial provision like education department. In order to take up maintenance work of taluka level sports facilities the department will require at least Rs 160 crore,” he added.