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Lenny D’Gama, only Asian evaluator at Tokyo 2020. felicitated by GABA

Panaji: Goa Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) organised a felicitation function for Goa’s Lenny D’Gama hosted by Double Tree by Hilton Goa. He was selected among seven other International Technical Officials – as evaluator for Tokyo 2020 Olympics that concluded recently.
The chief guest for the function was chairman, Dempo Group of Companies and sports enthusiast, Shrinivas Dempo who in his address promised to render support to boxing in whatever way possible.
“Dempo Group will do whatever possible to support GABA in terms of creating world class boxing sportspersons. I would like to see some boxing potential candidates to take up Dempo’s Goodwill Ambassador Scheme,” he said.
He requested the government to focus on creating world class boxers. “Our sports infrastructure is not being used by many, it is important to create many more Lenny D’Gamas to take forward his mission and his passion for the game of boxing,” he added.
He also stressed on the point that everything cannot be equated with money and that has been demonstrated by Lenny.
He said, “We need to inculcate the habit in our kids to play a game, sports in some sense develops you to be a good human being.”
With over 30 years of experience in organization and administration of sports events at national and international level, executive director, Sports Authority of Goa (SAG), VM Prabhudessai has worked with Lenny during the Lusofonia Games. They share a love-hate relationship because of the sport but Prabhudessai has always been supportive of boxing.
In his address he spoke about Lenny’s passion for boxing and described him as resilient. He has extended support to Lenny and GABA to create more international level boxers.
Porvorim MLA and President of GABA Rohan Khaunte has been a sportsperson and played a little bit of boxing during his higher education. As president of GABA he has brought about a change in the administration and has filled in gaps. He praised Lenny D’Gama for being the only Asian ITO at Tokyo 2020. In his address, he urged the government to focus on sportspersons instead of merely focusing on developing infrastructure.
Lenny D’Gama in an interaction with ex CEO, FC Goa, director of Singh Sports Ventures Private Limited and author of Goa Goals, Sukhvindar Singh, expressed his desire to see Goan boxers play international tournaments and thus create a larger base in Goa.
Based in Saligao-Goa, Lenny D’Gama is an AIBA certified ITO and was named the Best ITO in Asia in 2017. He is on the board of AIBA (World Boxing Federation) as a member of the Technical and Rules Commission that has 6 other members.
He has held several positions in the national Federation and has been the chairman of the Rules and Technical Commission (previously Ring Officials Commission) since 2012. He has been an advisor of the Olympic Preparations Committee Tokyo 2020 of BFI (Boxing Federation of India).
In Goa, he served as Deputy Director for the Lusofonia Games, 2014. He has been at the helm of boxing in Goa and has brought up the sport from scratch. He holds the position of Technical Advisor to Goa Boxing Association and is the vice president of Goa Olympic Association.
As ITO he has been assigned to international and Asian Boxing Confederation (ABSC) championships.
Lenny D’Gama is a veteran in the sport of Boxing who started as a boxer when in the Air Force and then kick started the association in Goa and persevered to move higher in the sport from national referee/judge to the position he is at today.

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