The Congress party on Wednesday questioned the state government’s ‘discrimination’ against Dayne and Katya Coelho, who were the only two athletes from Goa representing India in windsurfing at the recently concluded Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Opposition party claimed that despite completing all formalities the Coelho siblings were not provided with windsurfing boards — their basic requirement.
“Donald Coelho, father of the two, was informed well before the Asian Games by the Sports department that all documentation work was completed and they were assured that government would give them the equipment. If this was the case then why the department failed to procure windsurfing boards for them,” asked party spokesperson Amarnath Panjikar, addressing the media in Panaji.
“If the government can provide over Rs 23.5 lakh to Rahul Prabhudesai, son of Goa Forward Party’s office bearer, to attempt scaling Mount Everest then why can’t it afford just two windsurfing boards for the athletes,” he quipped.
Panjikar said that the state government was doing partiality and favouring Prabhudesai and alleged that financial grants under a particular government scheme were given to Prabhudesai without following the due procedures and without the approval of the concerned committee of the sports department and the other concerned government department.
“We don’t have anything against Rahul Prabhudesai. The department officials ought to follow the rules and regulation before releasing the exchequer’s money. We will explore legal options against the concerned officials,” he said.
He demanded the government to provide all assistance including financial assistance to Coelho siblings so that they can prepare themselves to compete in the forthcoming Olympics Games and other national events.