Margao, Nov 10 (UNI) The stage is all set for the six-day 53rd National School Games Football U-19 girls and Baseball U-17 boys and girls hosted by the Goa Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs which will get underway from November 12 at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Fatorda in South Goa.
Directorate of Sports and Youth Affair (DSYA) director Dr Susana D Souza, speaking to mediapersons here today, said about 22 teams are expected to participate in the football girls under-19 event and 12 teams each in baseball for boys and girls under-17. Punjab, Manipur, Haryana, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and host Goa have confirmed their participation in all three disciplines so far.
Manipur are the defending champions and Orissa the runners-up in the football u-19 event for girls. In the baseball u-17 boys section, Delhi are the reigning champions and Chandigarh the runners-up. In the corresponding girls event, Delhi are the defending champions and Goa the runners-up.
Ms D'Souza said matches in football and baseball will be held from 0800 hours to 1800 hours. The football matches will be played at five different venues in South Goa while baseball matches will be played at the Fatorda Sports Complex.
In order to ensure the smooth and successful organisation of the event, a special games organising committee has been constituted under the chiarmanship of state Chief Minister Digamber Kamat.
Meanhile, Goa being the host of the event, special efforts have been made to adequately prepare the state team to ensure positive results in football and baseball. The residential coaching camp covering 20 players each in football and baseball for boys and girls was also held at the Fatorda Stadium. State football coach M M Muttawali and football coach from Portugal Ms Karina Dalshin trained the football team.
State Finance Minister Dayanand Narvekar will declare the championship open on November 12. Chief Minister Digamber Kamat will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony on November 17.