Sunday, Aug 14, 2022 08:15 [IST]
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GANGTOK,: Sikkim Amateur Swimming Association (SASA) organized a curtain-raiser swimming meet for the upcoming 16th edition of Sikkim State Swimming Championship here at Tashi Namgyal Academy on Saturday.
The day-long swimming meet was also organized to celebrate the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India's Independence.
Around 80 swimmers from different schools and educational institutions participated in various events of different categories of this curtain-raiser swimming meet.
To commemorate the Independence Day celebration, four swimmers swam with the national flag before the commencement of events in the meet.
SASA president Kuber Bhandari mentioned that association is geared up to revive swimming activities once again in the State after two years of gap due to Covid pandemic. He encouraged swimmers to start practicing for the upcoming State swimming competition and for North East Olympics Games scheduled to be held from October 31 to November 5.
Bhandari mentioned that the State government have approved a 50-m Olympic size swimming pool at Saramsa near Ranipool. He also spoke about cash incentives and job reservations for sportspersons in the government sector and other initiatives of the State government for the development and promotion of sports and welfare of the sportspersons.
The winners of different categories were presented with trophies.
TNA director Brig (retd) M.G. Jacob was the chief guest and retired civil servant Dr. Kumar Bhandari was present as the guest of honour along with executive members of SASA and swimmers.