GJA secy defends judo selection for Lusofonia Games

The Goa Judo Association’s (GJA) general secretary, Siddeshwar Naik defended the executive committee decision to include 4 Goan players in the India team, amid allegations that they were not selected based on merit

PANAJI: The Goa Judo Association’s (GJA) general secretary, Siddeshwar Naik has refuted allegations made by a state judo coach, who had earlier this week accused the GJA for handpicking four players of their choice in the 14-member India team that will participate in the Lusofonia Games.
Naik defended the executive committee decision to include 4 Goan players in the India team, amid allegations that they were not selected based on merit.
“There is absolutely no ground for complaining here. Past record at senior nationals and the coaches reports have all been taken into consideration before finalizing these names,” Naik told The Navhind Times, Saturday.
Asked whether all four were part of the probables for the Lusofonia camp, Naik affirmed that three were part of the camp while one was selected for her recent medal-winning performance.
Naik said confusion was simply being created through allegations and accusations when GJA has made its stand clear on the issue.
“We are firm that 4 Goa judokas will represent India at the Lusofonia Games while the rest 10 to make up the final 14 shall be chosen by JFI who will call for the national selection trials,” reminded Naik.
When asked how is it then that GJA president Gurudatta Bhakta had recently been on record to say that none of the Goan judokas warranted a place in the Lusofonia team, contrary to the decision arrived later at the ExCo meeting which took a U-turn and decided to include 4 Goan judokas, Naik reiterated that performance at the senior nationals during the past three years and the coaches report were the only basis of selection.