Speaking at the Dilip Sardesai Sports Excellence award function, in Panaji, on Friday (September 29), Goa Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar tickled bones of the listeners, showing his lighter side. He sarcastically pointed out that all Mumbai-born and raised, Indian cricket stars whose surnames end with the suffix ‘kar’ are originally from Goa. He said players like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar and Dilip Vengsarkar all originally belong to the state.
Parrikar asserted that the leading Indian cricket players who have ‘kar’ in their surnames are either from Goa or greater Goa. He added that the forefathers of these cricketers were the natives of the state, till the Portuguese drove them out and that they may not be born in Goa, but they are Goans by genetics. Parrikar also blamed Goa Football Association (GFA) for their adamant behaviour, because of which, not a single player from the state could be selected in the national squad for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup.
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Expressing his anguish over the Association, Parrikar said, “The GFA should not have boycotted the (U-17) World Cup trials, two years back under erstwhile Indian coach Nicolai Adam. I believe that the U-17 World Cup should have been above ego issues. Because of the tussle, there is no (Goan) player in the U-17 team.” The GFA officials had ego issues with the parent body All India Football Federation, which led to GFA boycotting the U-17 trials two years back when Nicolai Adam was the coach.
The award given by Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs (DSYA), carried a purse of Rs 2 lakh, a bronze plaque and a citation. Taekwondo player P Anand became the 8th recipient of the Award, which was initiated in 2008. The award ceremony was also attended by Sports Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar, Director of Sports V M Prabhudesai, Prof Nandini Sardesai, wife of late Indian cricketer, Dilip Sardesai. The award is given in memory of Sardesai every year for the best sportsperson in the state.