Was the Goa government and the Goa Swimming Association aware of the alleged sexual harassment of girl swimmers by the arrested chief coach Surajit Ganguly, much before the video, which shows him allegedly molesting a minor swimmer that went viral last week?According to another video clip which went viral on Sunday, Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat, during the last Assembly session had warned Sports Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar of possible consequences, if the state government did not appoint a female coach for the training of girl swimmers.”Girls are facing embarrassment and problems. There is not a single (women coach). Please keep it in mind. It is very important or tomorrow I do not not what ill-consequences it will have. I am telling you this, then you will say we were not informed. The parents are insisting on a women coach, which is very fair,” Kamat had told the state Legislative Assembly.”There are many girls who are enrolled for swimming. There are small girls. Their parents unofficially complain to us. I don’t want to take names. They want a woman coach for swimming. There is no woman coach for swimming,” Kamat is also seen telling the Assembly.Early on Sunday, Goa Police arrested Surajit Ganguly, after a 15-year-old national swimming champion accused him of molesting her.Speaking to IANS on Monday, Kamat, who also heads the Swimming Federation of India, insisted that parents of Goan girl swimmers had only informally “hinted” to him about the need to appoint women coaches for their wards.advertisement”There were no specific complaints,” Kamat said.”Parents have been hinting at me, that they require a woman coach to look after the children especially girl students. Swimming is a sport where you come in contact with the coach, whatever said and done, because of the activity. Parents feel that when girl students are there, then it is advisable to have a woman coach,” he said, adding that the government was already in the process of appointing a ladies coach after the scandal.”Chief Minister (Pramod Sawant) has assured me that this would be taken up on priority,” Kamat said.When asked if a protocol needed to be evolved to keep predators in check in sports associations in the state, Kamat said: “Who imagines that some coach or somebody will….”He also said, that parents normally do not leave the company of their children during training or even competitions.”Normally in Goa, most of the swimmers are accompanied by their parents… Either the mother is at the pool or the father is at the pool. They even accompany them for nationals (tournaments). They do not leave them alone,” Kamat said.Also Read | Goa swimming coach, accused of rape, arrested in DelhiAlso Read | Swimming Federation of India bans coach accused of rapeAlso See
Minister Field will discuss a range of issues, including the UK’s continued support for Sri Lanka achieving meaningful and lasting reconciliation in the interests of all Sri Lankans. UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field is to visit Sri Lanka to push for more progress on the post war reconciliation issue.The British High Commission said that during his visit on 5 – 6 October Field will meet Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana, Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya, Minister of Public Administration and Management and Law and Order Ranjith Madduma Bandara, and Minister of Sports and Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Musthapha. “My visit this year coincides with that of the England cricket team – a great celebration of our two countries shared love for the sport and everything that it represents. Sport is just one of the links between the people of the UK and Sri Lanka that we can all celebrate.The UK is and always has been a close friend and supporter of Sri Lanka. During my visit I will be encouraging the government of Sri Lanka to fulfil the commitments it has made on reconciliation to the advantage of people in all Sri Lanka’s communities.”Celebrating the links between Sri Lanka and the UK in the area of business, he will visit the London Stock Exchange Group’s quickly growing Colombo operation, which employs several hundred Sri Lankan IT and finance experts. (Colombo Gazette) He will also meet Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan, members of civil society and Commissioners of the Office on Missing Persons.