The establishment of a separate Directorate of Sports and Cultural Affairs, subsequently re-named as Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs on 1st July, 1973 under the initiative of late Chief Minister of Goa, Daman & Diu, Shri Dayanand B. Bandodkar, (popularly known as Bausaheb Bandodkar) an ardent lover and promoter of Sports, was indeed an important landmark in the historical development of Physical Education, Games & Sports in the State of Goa. (The then Union Territory of Goa, Daman & Diu). This newly formed department which was initially manned by a handful of officials and a meager budget of about Rs. 10.00 lakhs has indeed grown in leaps and bounds over the years and is presently being manned by a strong band of highly qualified and experienced officers/coaches and supporting staff, incurring an overall expenditure of Rs. 2703.95 lakhs, towards the effective implementation of its multifarious schemes for promotion of Physical Education, Games, Sports and other Youth related activities inclusive of the release of grants to the Sports Authority of Goa. (the erstwhile Goa, Daman & Diu State Council of Sports). The significant contribution made by this dynamic department since over three decades of its existence, is evident from the scintillating performances of our State Teams at the National and International arena, whereby our talented sportspersons have bagged innumerable medals in such Sports as Football, Athletics, Diving, Swimming, Boxing, Judo, Baseball, Taekwando, Chess, Shooting, etc. besides having donned India colours at the International level competitions. The various functions of the department and schemes being implemented for bringing about the much needed development of Physical Education, Games, Sports and Youth Related programs through its various sections.
Last Updated (07 January 2014)