Sardinha’s fifth-term as Goa Athletic Association chief under scanner


Francisco Sardinha was unanimously elected as president of the Goa Athletic Association(GAA) for a record fifth term.

The South Goa member of parliament (MP) has lorded over the association since the mid nineties, but despite the sport not making any significant progress at the national level, or having a synthetic track, Sardinha was the lone choice for the president's post during elections held in the city on Sunday.

"There was nobody else who was willing to contest. And if there was someone, he was not a member," a newly-elected office-bearer told TOI after the elections.

Significantly, the elections have been termed "illegal" by former secretary Mario Moraes.

"In view of the forthcoming Lusofonia Games wherein money, name and fame is involved, I feel there is a conspiracy," Moraes wrote in a letter to Sports Authority of Goa executive director Elvis Gomes on the eve of the elections. [TOI]