Panaji: The 34th National Convention of the
Sports Journalists` Federation of India is to be held in Goa
from May 5 to 9 and, among the highlights of the five-day
meet, is the FIFA World Cup 2010 seminar to be held on May 7
ahead of the mega event starting on June 11 in South Africa.
Football Olympians S S Narayan and Fortunato Franco, AIFF
Player of the Decade (1985-95), ex-India goalkeeper Brahmanand
Shankawalkar and former India forward Bruno Countinho are the
panelists at the seminar, a media release from SJFI said
The convention, to be attended by around 100 sports
journalists representing 16 states including members of Sports
Journalists` Association of Goa, would also feature
discussions on the future of Indian cricket (May 5), the
Olympic Gold Quest project (May 6) and Indian rugby (May 8),
the release said.
Former national cricket selection panel chief and
ex-India stumper Kiran More, seasoned first class cricketer
Amol Muzumdar, veteran boxing administrator Kishen Narsi and
former Indian hockey captain - Olympian Viren Rasquinha (CEO,
Olympic Gold Quest), will be among key speakers.
Greg Davey, Development Manger, Rugby India will make a
presentation on India`s preparations for the Commonwealth
Games to be held in New Delhi in October, the release said.
V M Prabhu Desai, Executive Director, Sports Authority
of Goa, would be the chief guest at the inaugural session on
May 6. Competitions on a zonal basis for the the J K Bose
Twenty20 cricket tournament, A C Bali Table Tennis Tournament
and the ESPN-Star Penalty Kicks competition are the other
highlights of the convention, the release said.
In a special message to the SJFI, Union Minister of
Sports and Youth Affairs, M S Gill said, "I find that a very
impressive four-day programme has been made out and it should
be a fine opportunity for sports journalists and sportspersons
to have a dialogue on matters of national interest."
The convention is being held in Goa for the first time.
The cricket tournament will be held at Panjim Gymkhana and SAG
ground, Campal. Table tennis tournament and penalty kicks
competition would take place at the SAG complex, the release