Pune, Oct 17 (UNI) Pune District Amateur Aquatic Association (PDAAA) secretary Nita Talavalikar has urged women from the city to help in the conduct of the Commonwealth Youth Games to be held at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports City at Mahalunge-Balewadi here from October 11 to 18 next year.
A forum, comprising only of women from the city, could be formed under the aegis of the National Sports Trust (NST) to help in the conduct of the Commonwealth Youth Games, she suggested.
Ms Talavalikar, who was a technical delegate at the South Asian Aquatic Championship at Islamabad recently, while addressing NST members here today, pointed out that an Islamic country like Pakistan had 60 women technical officials for the conduct of the South Asian Aquatic meet.
Hence, Indian women, too, should not shy away from helping in the conduct of the Commonwealth Youth Games, she urged.
Asked by former international swimmer Madhuri Bapat-Karnik whether women from Pune could participate without the technical expertise, Ms Talavalikar said the women could help in organizational work like hospitality, lodging, liaison, the opening and closing ceremonies, and such others.
Talking about the Islamabad aquatic meet, she said the infrastructural facilities were excellent. Common Pakistanis extended their whole-hearted support and co-operation to the Indian squad, she added.
NST president Manisha Ghate felicitated Ms Talavalikar along with swimmers Arti Ghorpade and Kunal Bhosale, who won a gold each at the Islamabad aquatic meet, and Kavya Bhandekar who bagged a silver.