3463No restriction on probables: SAG
- Sep 27, 2013No restriction on probables: SAG
The Sports Authority of Goa(SAG) has launched an investigation to
verify claims that one of their officers sent threatening texts to
Lusofonia Games probables asking them not to participate in the State
Basketball championship, organised by the Goa Basketball Association.
The basketball scenario is fluid at the moment with the GBA and the
newly formed Association of Goan Basketball at loggerheads over
control of basketball in the state. The AGB in a press note asked
Lusofonia Games probables " to refrain from participating in any
tournament other than that organised by the AGB."
But what has irked GBA President Fr Ralin De Souza, according to his
complaint to the SAG, is the "text messages and threatening calls to
Lusofonia probables to dissuade them from participating."
"I can confirm that the SAG has issued no such diktat or order,
restraining the Lusofonia Games probables from participating in the
State Basketball Championship," said SAG executive director Sandip
"If at all someone has sent a message across to the Lusofonia
probables, it's not an official one. I will investigate," said
The SAG executive director, however, felt that there should be just
one body to govern the sport in the state.
"There should be one organisation which will control the game in the
name of the game. I believe there should be a consensus among the
(two) groups. Two associations don't do the game any good," he said.
The Goa Basketball Association has received backing from the
Basketball Federation of India giving them the right to govern the
sport in the state, while the Association of Goan Basketball got
temporary affiliation from the Goa Olympic Association which raised
quite a few eye-brows in basketball circles.
Times of India Goa, Friday, September 27, 2013 edition