3453Fwd: Goa Basketball Association chief gets cracking
- Sep 3, 2013Goa Basketball Association chief gets cracking
Marcus Mergulhao, TNN | Sep 3, 2013, 04.27 AM IST
Goan basketball is unwell right now and, while a cure may be on the horizon
in the form of the newly revamped Goa Basketball Association (GBA), its
president Fr Ralin de Souza, wants to kick-start the therapy immediately.
A day after he was unanimously elected as president of the GBA, a
development that set tongues wagging in basketball circles, Fr Ralin
remained unperturbed by all the furore and instead focused on the task
"I think we can get cracking immediately," said the GBA president, pulling
out a list from his drawer at the Don Bosco Oratory office in the city.
The list was meticulously prepared and had details of all the basketball
courts in the state. At last count, Fr Ralin said there are 33 basketball
courts, 25 of which belonged to the schools and four to colleges. There are
three government properties and a private one at Sao Miguel de Taleigao.
"For a small place like Goa, this is a decent number (of courts). We need
to start with coaching camps and put these facilities to use. May be
learn-the-game initiatives, for a start, and then move over to the next
stage," said Fr Ralin.
"We need to start fresh and look at the grassroot. Probably in three years,
we may have a good crop of young players," he said, adding that a managing
committee meeting will be called in the next couple of days to incorporate
Fr Ralin will be aware that there is no unanimous celebration over his
appointment as GBA president. The Association of Goan Basketball, of which
he was a part, have been left fuming and even the Goa Olympic Association
have now gone into an overdrive to provide the affiliation. These are
troubled days for Goan basketball but Fr Ralin remained confident that
basketball can climb back out of the deep hole.
"There has to be a way out. Fortunately for us, we enjoy the total backing
of the BFI. Congratulatory messages have been received and we expect the
BFI to take up the affiliation matters with SAG and GOA," said Fr Ralin.
That brings us to the most important question. Why did he abandon AGB?
"AGB was clearly an ad-hoc panel formed to assist the change. When I
contacted the BFI through one of our contact who is a vice-president, we
were told that reviving the GBA was the best option. We opened talks with
GBA officials and they were willing for a change," explained Fr Ralin, who
until two days ago, did not have an inkling that he would be handpicked for
the top post.
Fr Ralin said the managing committee was in favour of amending the GBA
constitution to reduce the prominence of individual members and instead
increase the club membership.
"At the GBA, everyone is welcome," he said.
Wonder what the critics have to say.
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