Friday, February 23, 2007

Incentive Scheme for Goan chess players

Following are the details of the Incentive Scheme for Goan chess players for the years 2005-2009 provided by the Goan Chess Association

Category 1 - National / Asian/ Commonwealth : Top 12
Players - Digital Clock
Coach - 1,000

Category 2 - National / Asian/ Commonwealth : Top 3
Players - Laptop
Coach - 10,000

Category 3 - National / Asian/ Commonwealth : Winner
Players - 60,000
Coach - 15,000

Category 4 - World Top 3
Players - 1,00,000
Coach - 25,000

Category 5 - FIDE Rating (Any)
Players - 4,000
Coach - 1,000

Category 6 - FIDE Rating (2200)
Players - 8,000
Coach - 2,000

Category 7 - FIDE Rating (2300)
Players - 12,000
Coach - 3,000

Category 8 - FIDE Rating (2400)
Players - 16,000
Coach - 4,000

Category 9 - Goa selection (Any one Category) 2 out of 4 years Winner
Players - 4,000
Coach - 1,000

Category 10 - Goa selection (Any one Category) 3 out of 4 years Winner
Players - 8,000
Coach - 2,000

Note: Special prizes for titles (GM, IM,FM,WGM, WIM, WFM) to be announced later. National Games will not be considered. All prizes can be claimed only once by any particular player. Current non-Goans will have to play selection from Goa to be eligible for awards.

Winners Sor Far (as on 01.01.07)

1. Rakshit Rai, Anurag Mhammal, Ivana Furtado, Bhakti Kulkarni, Cyrus Perreira, Niraj Saripalli

2. Bhakti Kulkarni, Ivana Furtado

3. Bhakti Kulkarni

4. Ivana Furtado

5. Umang Kaisary, Nandini Saripalli, Keegan Furtado, Charudatta Desai, Celianne Carvalho, Cyrus Perreira, Shyam Kantak, Sanjay Kavlekar, Amog Namshiker, Niraj Saripalli, Manmesh Naik

9. Bhakti Kulkarni (Seniors-Open), Sumit Asnodkar (Juniors-Boys), Anurag Mhammal (Under 11-Boys), Ivana Furtado (Under 9-Girls)


Special Award: Bhakti Kulkarni was awarded Rs. 10,000/- (inclusive of Rs. 2,000/- for coach) for qualifying for the National 'A' Women's tournament in 2006.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Boxing - Internationals of Goan origin -

Pravin Shirodkar
Vishwanath Naik
Pandarinath Shirodkar
Santosh Birmole
Premanand Gaonkar
Akash Korgaonkar
Santosh Harijan
Joe Gonsalves
Buddy D'Souza
Bertie Gomes
Soniya Parab (women's)

Cornelius V Monteiro
Lenny Gama

MoU with Portugal Olympic Committee - Achievements

In October 2004, the Goa Football Association or the GFA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Portugal Olympic Committee, in which the famous soccer team FC Porto and the Universidade do Porto or University of Porto are also involved.

As part of this MoU
  • 3 Portuguese coaches have been involved in coaching Goan teams and working with Goan footballers. Firstly, Joao Brito who mooted a blueprint for the youth development programme and held coaching workshops for coaches and players was followed by Rui Manuel Pedro who coached the Goan squad for the Lusofonia Games, and finally Daniel Barreira is currently working with the age group footballers in Goa.
  • GFA had sent two age group footballers Arnold Cardozo from Mapusa and Shallum Pires from Sanvordem and U-14 coach Lino Pereira for 1-month training at the FC Porto Academy in Porto in November 2006.
  • 16-year-old Joshuah Vaz of Fatorda, with the backing of a UK-based sponsor Douglas Fernandes and the timely support of Goa Football Association (GFA) whose Porto connection helped immensely, will be training for 5 months at one of Portugal’s top football academies belonging to a club called Vitoria Sport Clube (Vitoria de Guimaraes) in Guimaraes from February 2007.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Badminton Internationals from Goa

1) Vijay Madgavkar - India (more)
2) Mennen Soares - Pakistan in 1954
3) Jack Britto - Malawi in 1962
4) Gabriel Louzado - represented Malawi in the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand.
5) Jacinto Fernandes - Kenya in the 1970 Commonwealth Games
6) Hildebrand Fernandes - Uganda

1) Alice De Souza - Kenya
2) Wendy De Souza - Kenya
3) Maureen Paes - Kenya
4) Jeanette Paes - Kenya
5) Mary Borges - Uganda
6) Rena Dias - Uganda
7) Norma D'Souza - Uganda

Tennis Internationals

1) Leander Paes - India (more)

Friday, February 2, 2007

Leander Paes

Tennis for India

Born : Goa, June 17,1973
Height: 5'10'' (177 cm)
Turned pro in 1991

Father, Vece, was a member of the bronze medal Indian field hockey team in the 1972 Munich Olympics, and mother, Jennifer, was a member of the Indian basketball team

Joined the Britannia Tennis Academy in Madras in 1985 where he was coached by Dave O'Meara.

Won the 1990 Wimbledon Junior title and ranked as the No. 1 junior player in the world at one time before finishing No. 2

Member of the Davis Cup squad since 1990 and playing captain since 2004, has a 76-30 career record in 38 ties (46-21 in singles)

Won singles bronze medal in Atlanta Olympics (d. Meligeni), first medal for India since 1980 and first individual medal since 1952

was a joint winner of India's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in the year 1996-1997.

Highest Singles Ranking - 73 on 24 August 1998, became first Indian to finish in Top 100 since Ramesh Krishan in 1990. Won first ATP singles title in Newport (d. Godwin). It was first title by an Indian since Krishnan in 1990

In Men's Doubles, won six titles in eight finals (w/Bhupathi) in 1998. Finished No. 2 in Team Rankings and No. 4 individually.

In 1999 – Won three doubles titles, including Roland Garros and Wimbledon (w/Bhupathi). Became first team to reach finals of all four Grand Slams in same year since 1952

Reached No. 1 individually in doubles on June 21, 1999 and finished as No. 1 ranked team

Carried Indian flag during opening ceremonies of 2000 Sydney Olympics

In 2001, he and Bhupathi received India’s highest honor, the Padma Shri, which goes to Indian citizens in recognition of their distinguished service to nation

In 2006, won the men's doubles Gold in Asian Games 2006 in Doha partnering Bhupathi and the mixed doubles Gold at the same championship partnering Sania Mirza.


2006--Hertogenbosch, US Open;
2005--Bangkok, ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo, Barcelona;
2004--Canada AMS, Gstaad, Halle, Delray Beach;
2003--Dubai, Gstaad, Delray Beach;
2002--Chennai, Mallorca;
2001--Atlanta, Cincinnati TMS, Houston, Roland Garros;
2000--Tokyo, Orlando;
1999--Newport, Chennai, Roland Garros, Wimbledon;
1998--Chennai, Doha, Dubai, Paris Indoor, Rome, Shanghai;
1997--Beijing, Chennai, Montreal / Toronto, New Haven, Prague, Singapore

2006--Australian Open;
2005--ATP Masters Series Madrid, Stockholm, Tennis Masters Cup Doubles;
2004--Dubai, US Open;
2003--'s-Hertogenbosch, Miami TMS;
2001--Basel, Paris TMS;
2000--Doubles Championship;
1999--Australian Open, Doubles Championship, US Open, Indianapolis;
1998--Singapore, Stuttgart Indoor;
1997--Doubles Championship;
1995--New Haven

Edward Sequeira

Olympian - 1968, 1972

Edward Sequeira, popularly known as Eddie, was one of India's most rhythmic middle distance runners. Essentially a hair miler doing the metric mile for stamina, Sequeira also excelled in the 5,000 metres. Born on 6 February 1940 in Bombay, Eddie studied at: St. Paul's High School from where he joined the Central Railway as mechanical apprentice. Sports were compulsory for the Railway employees and Sequeira proved a natural athlete. He took up athletics seriously in 1959 and by 1963 had created new marks for the 800 and 1,500 at the Central Railway meet and then went on to repeat the performances at the Inter-Railway Meet in Delhi, He clocked 1:52.6 for the half mile and 3:49.4 for the 1,500 metres. His next step was the National titles and he duly won both the events in the National Games, retaining his hold on the events from 1963 to 1973. He set a new record in the 1500 metres in 1966, his time of 3.43.7 being even faster than the existing Asian mark. This record remained in the books for well over 35 years before Bahadur Prasad updated it during the Permit Meet in Delhi.

Eddie Sequeira began his long association with Tata Steel in 1964, an association which proved very fruitful to him. His athletics career took an upswing and he became a permanent member of the Indian team. He represented the country against Russia in 1965 and then went to the Commonwealth Games in Kingston in 1966, the year in which he created the national mark in the 1,500 metres.

The 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok proved to be a disaster for Sequeira who was forced to retire when in full flight in the final and had to settle for the award of" the Unlucky Athlete of the Games". The Indian star had obviously been pushed and the organizers perhaps thought fit to compensate him with the most unlikely labelled award.

Sequeira then went to Ceylon for a dual meet and won the 1,500 metres and the next year, created national mark or 14:38 in the 5000 metres in another such competition on the Ceylon tracks. He was captain of the Indian team to Malaysia and Singapore and also a member of the Asian team to West Germany he went back to Bangkok for Games and wiped out bitter memories of the previous edition of the Games with a Silver Medal In the 5000 meters. Coached by the German coach Otto Peitzer, himself a world record holder, Sequeira went to Munich Olympics in 1972 where he finished 8th in the 5,000 meters. Munich however left other memories for Sequeira, of the killings Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorist.

An outstanding sportsman, Edward Sequeira contributed much to Indian athletics as a coach also, He attended a coaching conference in Tokyo in 1979.He was also on the Committee of the Amateur Federation of India, An officer with Tata Iron and Steel Con Mumbai, Sequeira was honoured the Maharashtra Government Shiv Chhatrapati Award in coveted Arjuna Award came in 1971.

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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Tennis Ball cricket internationals

Represented India in the tennis ball cricket series against Nepal in 2002
Salma Divkar
Santoshi Rane
Mary Fernandes