Chief minister Manohar Parrikar claimed that some of India’s top cricketers were Goan in origin. He said so on the sidelines of Dilip Sardessai Sports Excellence award function on Friday in Panaji.
The CM claimed Cricket stars Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and other players whose names end with the suffix ‘kar’ are Goans in origin and migrated during the colonial period.
“All top Indians in cricket have ‘kar’. That is (from) Goa or greater Goa. That is Gavaskar, Vengsarkar, you will find their origins, four hundred years back, till the Portuguese drove them out. They may not be born in Goa, but they are Goans by genetics,” Parrikar was quoted by IANS.
“Tendulkar (and) all kars are Goans. So basically that is the potential of the state,” Parrikar said, while highlighting the potential for sports in the state and need to promote sporting excellence.
Parrikar presented the Dilip Sardessai award for the year 2017 to Taekwondo player P Anand in the presence of late cricketer’s son Rajdeep Sardessai.
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