Panaji, Aug 10 : Union Minister of State for Defence and Goa Olympic Association (GOA) President Shripad Naik on Saturday said that he would try to raise the issue of waiving of penalty on Goa Government in his meeting with Indian Olympic Association (IOA) officials in Delhi.
Speaking at Annual General Meeting (AGM) of GOA, he said, "I will talk to the Government to come out with a solution in the matter. I will also try to raise the issue of waiving of the penalty in our scheduled meeting with IOA on Aug 31 at Delhi. I seek cooperation from the Government and all Associations to conduct the games successfully.'' The minister said the National Games must be held in the state else it would be a blot on it.
''The National Games must be held in Goa else it will be a blot on the State. We will support the Government's endeavor in creating the necessary infrastructure and preparing the teams for Goa. GOA should not depend only on the Government but must pursue other options such as sponsorships through CSR and elsewhere so that we have substantial funds of our own," he said.
The National Games were to be held in Goa this year but the state government has sought more time from the IOA stating that preparation required more time. (UNI)