Panaji, Jun 30: Goa Governor Mridula Sinha inaugurated 1st National Women's Masters Athletic Championship held at Bambolim Athletic Stadium here on Saturday.The Championship was organised by Goa Masters Athletic Association in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa, Masters Athletic Federation of India.
The Governor lauded the efforts made by organisers to bring the sportswomen together from all over the country and make the event come true. She expressed the need to organise Sports activities for women who are involved in the Self Help Groups in the State and explore their talent in the field of Sports too.The championship is first of its kind being held in Asia where in sportswomen from all over India between age group of 35 to 85 yrs have participated. Around 21 States including Goa has participated in the Championship.
Minister for PWD and Patron of the Organising Committee Deepak Pauskar expressed hope that the Championship will play a crucial role in building up confidence and moral of womanhood.MLA and Chairman of Organising Committee of the Championship Alina Saldanha in her welcome address congratulated the womenfolk for participating in the event with great enthusiasm.
Masters Athletic Federation of India Secretary David Premnath, who is also founder of the Championship, said the championship was being organise first time in Asia.
The main objective of the Championship was to explore strength and talent of woman who worked in several capacities throughout her life, he added.Director, Sports and Youth Affairs, Anjali Sehrawat (IAS), Vice Chairman, Organising Committee of the Championship and President Women Self Help Group of Goa Sulakshana Sawant, Vice Patron of Organising Committee and Executive Director, Dhempe Group of Industries, Pallavi Dhempe, President, Masters Athletic Federation of India Dharamveer Dhillon were present on the occasion.
Brass band team comprising of girls from St Tereza High School Raia, Salcete, played brass band on the occasion. Students of Sanjay School, Porvorim and Girls from Mary Immaculate High School, Panjim performed cultural dance and Gymnasium respectively. (UNI)