Saturday, December 20, 2008

Boxer Vishwanath Naik for Cuba

Vishwanath Naik, junior boxer who performed excellently well at the last junior Indian camp and at the 41st Youth (Junior) Boxing Nationals, represented India in the fly weight category for 15 days’ training and after that to compete in the Cuba International Games in Cuba in the boxing championship in July 2008.

Goans in India Baseball Team for Women's World Cup

Kavita Avati, Geeta Parwar, Claudia Vaz, Deeplaxmi Avati (all from Borim), Nitisha Kalangutkar (Canacona) and Hema Gaude (Madkai Ponda) represented India in 3rd women Baseball Women's World Cup Championship held in Matsuyama, Japan from August 24 to 29, 2008.

Kavita Avati captained the team and Dilip Naik will be the team coach.

Dilip has represented the nation on three occasions earlier as coach of junior and sub junior teams at Taiwan, Tokyo and Bangkok.

Rudolph Nunes - Taekwondo for Australia

Rudolph Nunes has represented Australia in Taekwondo.

He won the bronze at the 2008 Commonwealth Championships in Canada, the bronze at the 2007 World Taekwondo Festival in Malaysia, gold at the 2006 Japan Kumamoto Open and bronze at the 2006 WTF Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships.

Snehal Morajkar, Sujita Murgaonkar, Candice Fernandes and Malvita Mascarenhas for Indian women football team

Snehal Morajkar, Sujita Murgaonkar, Candice Fernandes and Malvita Mascarenhas have represented India Women's Under 19 team in the Asian Football Confederation Women's Championships 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from October 29 to November 5.

Snehal Morajkar scored India's lone goal in the match against Iran.

Shane Anthony for Arsenal Soccer Festival

Shane Anthony of St. Britto High School was among the 16 School footballers from across India trained in 'The Arsenal Way' by Paul Shipwright (Arsenal Soccer School) and Martin Davis (Arsenal FC Development Officer) and who participated in the 18th Arsenal International Soccer Festival in London from July 26 to August 1, 2008. The team under the name of "Tata Tea Arsenal Soccer Stars" was chosen amongst 400 children who took part in a national school football tournament. The 30 best amongst those were chosen and then trained for a couple of weeks at the Calcutta Cricket & Football Club with the best 16 chosen for the tournament in London.

The team from India drew with Acton Ealing (London) 2-2, beat Fk Orn-Horten (Norway) 2-0 and lost to West Hartford (USA) 0-3.

Albert Gonsalves for soccer training in Brazil

School footballer Albert Gonsalves was selected through the Coca-Cola organised "Grassroots talent hunt" and included in a group of 16 Indian school footballers to train at the Brazilian Football Academy in Rio de Janeiro.

The players were selected from among 3,000 footballers who participated in an all-India tournament held across eight cities. The Indians would be among 312 players from 26 countries who would be undergoing a week-long training camp at BFA from July 7 to 12, 2008. Former Indian international Jo Paul Ancheri would accompany the players as coach. The training at BFA, will be supervised by former Brazil national coach Carlos Alberto Pereira, who is the technical director of the Academy.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Denzil Franco in India national soccer team to Portugal

Denzil Franco has found a place in the national side for their tour to Portugal. The other Goans in the side are all seasoned internationals, Climax Lawrence, Mahesh Gawli, Sameer Naik and Clifford Miranda.

The team match fixtures and results are as under
July 5 - Beat Gouveia 2-0 (Goals - Climax, Tarif Ahmed)
July 10 - Beat GD Gafanha 3-2 (Goals - Sunil Chetri-2, Tarif Ahmed)

Goan in India u-16 Soccer team exposure tour to US

Shallum Pires has found a place in the India U-16 team's four week exposure-cum-training tour to West Virginia in the United States. For the team, the trip to the US is part of their exposure ahead of the Asian U16 Championship finals to be held in October 2008.

Match Schedule in West Virginia:
July 6: INDIA U16 - Metro FC (Ohio)
July 7: INDIA U16 - NCAA Blast FC (Ohio)
July 12: INDIA U16 - West Virginia Rowdies
July 13: INDIA U16 - Columbia United (South Carolina)
July 18: INDIA U16 - West Virginia Olympic Development Team
July 19: INDIA U16 - West Virginia Olympic Development Team
July 24: INDIA U16 - West Virginia United

Goans in India U-13 Girls Soccer Team

Salma Fernandes, Josline D'Souza, Preeti Shinde and Luiza Gracy Simoes represented India in the inaugural AFC U13 Girls Football Festival to be held at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from June 23 to 27.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Leslie Buddy D’Souza

- Leslie bagged the national title nine times in a row. He won the Light Middleweight gold in 1957 (Calcutta), 1958 (Mumbai), 1960 (Jamshedpur), 1961 (Jabalpur), 1962 (Jabalpur), 1963 (Calcutta), 1964 (Jabalpur) and 1965 (Chakradpur). In 1959 in Delhi he won the Middleweight title.

He won the bronze in the Asian Games in Jakarta in 1962 in the Light Middleweight category.

Goans for India in International Athletics


Lavy Pinto
- won golds in 100m and 200m and silver in 4x100m at the Asian Games in Delhi 1951

Henry Rebello
- Long jump

N Ferrao
- 100m and 4x100m at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta

Anthony Coutinho
- 4x100m at 1964 Tokyo Olympics

Edward Sequeira
- 1500m at the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok
- 5th in 1500m and 5000m at the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok

Francis Clemente
- Macau International Marathon in Dec 2009


Marie (Simoes) Mendonca
- captained the Indian hockey team
- represented India at the 1st and 2nd Asian Games in Delhi(High jump) and Manila respectively in athletics
- 1956 wore Indian colours at the Melbourne Olympics.

Mary Emily D'Souza
- won bronze in the 200m at the 1951 Asian Games in Delhi
- won gold in the 4x100m at the 1954 Asian Games in Manila

Stephie D'Souza
- won gold in the 4x100m and finished 4th in 200m at the 1954 Asian Games in Manila
- won silver in the 200m at the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo

Pat Mendonca
- finished 4th in the 100m at the 1951 Asian Games in Delhi

Irina Saldhana
- 4x100m at 1974 Asian Games in Tehran

Sylvina Pais
- 400m hurdles at 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima

Pratima Gaonkar
- Asian Junior Athletics championships in Brunei in 2001

Sharnifa Da Costa
- Macau International Marathon in Dec 2009

Swapnil Asnodkar for India

Source -

Swapnil Asnodkar has found a place in the second string Indian team selected to play 3 one-day matches against Israel from July 10 to July 16.

The Full Squad for Israel - Jaydev Shah (capt), Swapnil Asnodkar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravi Teja, M Vijay, Wriddhiman Saha, Rajat Bhatia, Yogesh Takawale (wk), Rakesh Dhruv, Mohnish Parmar, Vishal Bhatia, Basant Mohanty, Pradeep Sangwan, Ashok Dinda, R Vinay Kumar. The squad selected is a second string selection.

Joel Fernandes at FC Bayern Football Camp, Germany

Joel Fernandes of St Britto's High School, Mapusa, is the lone Goan among five Indian youth foootballers selected to undergo training at FC Bayern Football Camp, Germany.

Joel will be flown to FC Bayern Football School in Germany by Lufthansa after he was selected at Adidas FC Bayern Football Clinic held in Kolkata which was attended by 44 football enthusistas from all over India. Goa was represented by 4 players from Youth Football Organisation (YFO).

The children were coached by Bayern Munich and participated in a series of futsal games. Based on their overall performance during the clinic, five players were selected by the Bayern Munich coaching staff for the camp in Germany. The Adidas FC Bayern football clinic is an example of Adidas commitment to promoting sports at the grassroot level in India.

Joel is the son of former Dempo player Baptist Fernandes who is a SAG coach.

Friday, May 30, 2008

International Hockey Coaches of Goan origin

Francis D'Gama - Tanzania men's and women's national teams
Joaquim Carvalho - India men's national team
Cedric D'Souza - India men's national team
Louis Mendonca - Canada Men's Team
Ed Fernandes - Manager of Canada Men's Team

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Brandon Fernandes in India U-14 Soccer Team

Midfielder Brandon Fernandes has been selected to represent the India U-14 Soccer team at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 Festival to be held in the Iranian capital, Tehran from May 18-23. AFC's eight member associations -- hosts Iran, India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal are taking part in the festival.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Natasha Palha - Complete Career Tournament/Match Statistics

(updated 29th April 2008)

Singles Win/Loss Record - 29/3
Doubles Win/Loss Record - 15/4
Ranking - No 1 in Asia Under 14s (as per rankings released on 3rd April )


Natasha Palha has been drafted into the ITF under-14 team for tournaments in France, Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, from July 7 2008 to August 9 2008. The other players are Ronit Bisht, Digvijay Singh Mehta and Rashmi Teltumbe.


U-16 Asia-Oceania Qualifying Tournament ,
21-27 April 2008
Representing India

Quarterfinals - v/s Australia
Lost to Molly Polak (Australia) 1-6, 2-6
India lost 1-2.

League Match - v/s Singapore
beat Julienne Keong 6-2, 6-0
India won 3-0

League Match - v/s Malaysia
beat Theiviya Selvarajoo 6-2, 6-0


Asian Tennis Federation 14 & Under Series,
Jakarta, Indonesia
20-30 March 2008

Beat Carmen Lai (Hong Kong) 6-1, 7-5
Lost to Budsarin Raktaengam (Thailand) 0-6, 2-6

Doubles - (Partnering - So Dam Park of South Korea)
Beat Khwanthithi Bhantao (Thailand)/ Aldila Sutjiadi (Indonesia) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Beat Shannine Olivarez (Philippines)/Sally Mae Siso (Philippines) 6-4, 6-4
Lost to Vaidehi Bhagwat (India)/ Prarthana Thombre (India) 4-6, 6-7


On conclusion of the year long Asian U/14 Series sponsored by Australian Open, top ranked eight Boys & Girls each were selected to go to Australia accompanied with the team's coach Mr Arun Kumar to play the ATF 14/U Series Masters Finals. It was held in Melbourne, Australia from 11- 13 Jan 2008. Master Jung Ki-Su (KOR) and THOMBARE Prathanana (IND) were crowned the Asian U/14 champions in Boys' & Girl's category respectively.

Tournament Format

Eight players were divided into two groups in the Round Robin Draw. Each player played three other players within there respective pools, best two players from each pool moved forward into crossover semifinals. There were Playoffs for three to eight position also.

Natasha Palha stood 5th out of the 8 girls.

The final rankings are as follows -
Winner - Thombare Prathanana (India)
Finalist - Bhagvat Vaidehi (India)
3rd - Guba Martina Jonica (Phillippines)
4th - Palha Natasha (India)
5th - Bal Namita (India)
6th - Wijesinghe Sherene (Sri Lanka)
7th - Boey Adelle Chai Yan (Malaysia)
8th - Bhargava Anushka (India)


Asian Tennis Federation 14 & Under Series,
Manama, Bahrain
19-23 November 2007

Beat Azza Al Hinai (Oman) 6-0, 6-0
Beat Diala Jamaleddin (Syria) 6-0, 6-0
Beat Vaidehi Bhagwat (India) 6-2, 6-0
FINAL Beat Jonicka Guba (Philippines) 6-3, 7-5

Doubles - (Partnering - Namita Bal of India)
Beat Diala Jamaleddin (Syria)/Mehek Khokar (Pakistan) 6-1, 6-1
Beat Adelle Boey (Malaysia)/Jonicka Guba (Philippines) 3-6, 7-5, 10/8
FINAL Beat Vaidehi Bhagwat (India)/Anushka Bhargava (India) 6-3, 2-6, 10/4


Riffa Cup
Manama, Bahrain
12-16 November 2007

Beat Nicolette Wolny (USA) 7-5, 6-4
Beat Jonicka Guba (Philippines) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Beat Arzoo Malik (India) 6-1, 6-2
FINAL Beat Natasha Rizvi (USA) 7-6, 6-4

Doubles - (Partnering - Anushka Bhargava of India)
Beat Chandler Beachy (USA)/Nadia Al-fardan (Bahrain) 6-0, 6-0
Lost to Arzoo Malik (India)/Nicolette Wolny (USA) 2-6, 7-6


Asian Tennis Federation 14 & Under Series,
Chandigarh, India
29 October 2007

Beat Ayushi Singh (India) 6-0, 6-0
Beat Shreya Pasricha (India) 6-0, 6-0
Beat Harnoor Kaur Mann (India) 6-2, 6-2
Beat Arzoo Malik (India) 6-2, 6-2
FINAL Beat Vaidehi Bhagwat (India) 6-4, 6-7, 6-4

Doubles - (Partnering - Vaidehi Bhagwat of India)
Beat Nithya Raj (India)/Saranya Verma (India) 4-0, 4-1
Beat Nikitha Shetty (India)/Arzoo Malik (India) 6-0, 6-0
FINAL Beat Zainab Sajjad Ali (India)/Anushka Bhargava (India) 6-0, 6-4


Asian Tennis Federation 14 & Under Series,
Amman, Jordan
9-13 July 2007

Beat Diala Jamal El Deen (Syria) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Beat Riddhi Hegde (India) 6-3, 6-0
Beat Vaidehi Bhagwat (India) 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
FINAL Lost to Prarthana Thombare (India) 4-6, 7-6, 5-7

Doubles - (Partnering - Namita Bal of India)
Beat Diana Maki (Syria)/Diala Jamal El Deen (Syria) 6-6, 6-3
Beat Vaidehi Bhagwat (India)/Prarthana Thombre (India) 6-3, 7-6
FINAL Beat Yasodara Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)/Sherene Wijesingh (Sri Lanka) 6-2, 6-0


Asian Tennis Federation 14 & Under Series,
Damascus, Syria
2-6 July 2007

Beat Kiet Alsadi (Syria) 7-6,6-2
Beat Diala Jamal El Deen (Syria) 6-2, 6-1
Beat Sherene Wijesingh (Sri Lanka) 6-1, 6-1
Beat Namita Bal (India) 7-5, 6-3
FINAL Beat Prarthana Thombare (India) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles - (Partnering - Namita Bal of India)
Lost to Diana Maki (Syria)/Kim Alsadi (Syria) 6-7, 4-6


PYC Asian Tennis Federation U-14 SERIES
May 2007, Pune

Beat Pooja Narayana (India) 6-1, 6-3
Beat Urmila Gunuganti (India) 6-0, 6-1
Beat Namita Bal (India) 6-3, 6-7, 7-6
Beat Zainab Ali Sajjad (India) 6-4, 6-4
FINAL Beat Ankita Raina (India) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles - (Partnering - Namita Bal of India)
Beat Aishwarya Nunes (India)/B Ekta Singh (India) 6-1, 6-1
Beat Shruti Jaiswal (India)/Zainab Ali Sajjad (India) 6-1, 6-2
Beat Teertha Iska (India)/Ravina Shetty (India) 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
FINAL Beat Vaidehi Bhagwat (India)/Prarthana Thombre (India) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

Table Tennis Internationals of Goan origin


1) Jane Pinto for Kenya
2) Connie De Souza for Kenya
3) Gladys De Souza for Kenya
4) Dolly Pereira for Uganda


1) Michael Rodrigues for Pakistan in 1960
2) Joe De Souza for Kenya
3) Henry Braganza for Kenya
4) Blaise de Cunha for Kenya
5) Anthony Mathias for Uganda
6) Hildebrand Fernandes for Uganda
7) Canute Mathias for Uganda

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Rowing Internationals from Goa

1) Michael Louzado, represented Great Britain at rowing between 1995 and 1999. Won a Gold medal in 1995 Nations Cup in Holland.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

International cricketers for non-test playing countries of Goan origin

Cricketers of Goan origin who have played international cricket

- Jack Britto from 1954 onwards

- Alban Fernandes 1955-1961
- Armand "Chic" Saldanha (was the 12th man)

- Michael D'Sa
- Peter D'Souza 1960-64
- Charlie D'Souza 1954-71
- Lawrence Fernandes 1967-72
- Michael P Texeira 1954-60
- Edwin Fernandes 1953-55
- John Sequeira 1954-58
- Aloysius Mathias 1958-65
- Felix De Mello 1960-68
- Celly Dias 1955-69
- Carlito Mascarenhas 1960-69
- Lawrence Dias 1968-70

- Massimo Da Costa for Italy 1996- onwards

- Marshall D'Souza 1967-1975

- CM Gracias 1946-47
- Blaise D'Cunha 1957-58

- Denzil Kenan Sequeira 2006 - current


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Rugby Internationals of Goan origin

Davinia Monteiro - England U-20 Women's team

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Asian Schools Chess Championships - Kandy (Sri Lanka) in Jan 2008

In the Boys Under 11 section, Cyrus Pereira created
history by becoming the first Goan boy to win a medal
at the International level. Cyrus finished with 6.5 out
of a possible 8 points and was tied with Iran's Saleh Mirza.
Cyrus, by virtue of his rating, started as the second seed,
and Saleh Mirza was clearly the hot favourite as he had
beaten former World Champion Sahej Grover in the World
Youth Championships which were conducted last year in
Turkey. Nevertheless, Cyrus fought hard to get a draw in the
last round with Mirza and thus he got a Gold medal in his
very first attempt at the Asian Schools Championships.

In the Girls Under 9 section, double World Under 8 Girls
Champion Ivana Furtado tied with Sri Lanka's J. Jayaranthna
with 6.5 points each out of a possible 7 points. As they
had drawn their individual encounter and were tied on tie-break
as well, both the girls were declared joint winners and given a
Gold medal each.

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