Nilesh Naik,17 dec :The Sports Journalists Association of Goa organized Geno Sports awards presentation ceremony was held today i.e. 17th Dec.2008 at Hotel Mandovi, at 11am.
Mr Manohar Azgaonkar the sports minister was the chief guest ,Mr Dilip Salgaocar, Managing Director of Geno Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd., Shri. V.M. Prabhudessai, Execuitive Director, SAG, Dr.Suzana D’souza, Director of Sports, Govt. of India along with Shri. Sharadchandra Naik, President ,SJAG were present for the function.
The Geno Sports Award 2007-08 were presented to Brandon Fernandes (footballer) for being the Best Sportsperson, Shikha Pandey (Tennis Ball Cricket & cricket) for being the ‘Best Sportswoman’, Mr.Armando Colaco (football) of Dempo SC for being the best coach and Mr. Andrew Rodrigues (Baina SC, Vasco) for being the best organiser.
The SJAG also declared Sesa Football Academy as the best team, Dempo Sports Club defender Sameer Naik as the NFL player of the year (2007-08), Anushka Kuwelkar of Ponda as the promising player in badminton while the best school, best HSS and best college awards will be presented to Our Lady of Rosary-Dona Paula, St Xaviers High School, Mapusa and St Xaviers College, Mapusa.
The SJAG also felicitated Mr. Simon Afonso, Senior Sports Editor of Gomantak Times was felicitated for his role in sports Journalism in Goa.The awards and felicitation were done by Mr. Manohar Azgaonkar, sports minister, Govt. of Goa with other guests.
In his addressed speech, sports minister, congratulated all the award winners and requested all the people to support him for the successful hoisting of coming National games 2011 in goa. He also requested people, not to oppose developmental activities related to sports such as sports city at Dhargal, Pernem.
He requested the sports journalist to show fair picture of the sports and games in the paper and lauded sports journalist for their efforts in promotion of the game.Also spoke on the occasion was Mr Dilip Salgaocar, Managing Director of Geno Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd who was the main sponsorer of the awards.
Jovito Lopes , Sports Editor of o-Heraldo newspaper welcome the guest and compere and finally Manguesh Borkar, Secretray, SJAG proposed vote of thank.
The function was attended by the Players and officials of different state sports association and clubs and parents of the awardees in large number.