A writ petition was filed by former table tennis player Noel Estibeiro, represented by advocate Gaurish Agni, before the bench of the High Court of Bombay in Goa for issuing directions to the Government of Goa through sports authority of Goa (SAG) for implementation of the National Sports Code.
An attempt to stall the Goa Olympic Association (GOA) elections, due to be held today, were made through the petition. The same was rejected by the High Court.
“Some frustrated and aggrieved office bearers of some State Associations having failed to stall the GOA elections decided to approach the High Court through this means,” stated a member of Goa who attended the GOA dinner held in the outskirts of the capital city on Friday.
“The petition in the High Court has no bearing on the GOA elections as the process has reached it final phase. If anyone is aggrieved, he can go to court after the elections,” stated GOA secretary Gurudutta Bhakta.
“I am not aware of any case coming up in the High court vis a vis table tennis. I am in the dark,” stated Goa Table Tennis Association (GTTA) President Vero Nunes.
“We have received a letter from the union Sports Minister for implementation of the Sports Code a while ago and the same was forwarded to the SAG for examination. However, no proposal has been submitted back to us,” stated a member of the Chief Ministers Office (CMO). The chief Minister is the president SAG. The group led by BJP union Minister Shripad Naik appears set to win the GOA elections today.