Sports events held across Sikkim to mark Olympic Day

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Sports events held across Sikkim to mark Olympic Day

KUNAL RAI

GANGTOK, : Sikkim Olympic Association celebrated International Olympic Day today with the theme “Together for a Peaceful World”.

To mark the occasion, the SOA along with affiliated sports associations organised sports events across the State. The indoor events like taekwondo, karate, wushu, boxing, table tennis, badminton, chess, basketball, kick boxing and weight lifting were held at Paljor Stadium complex here, while outdoor games were held at Soreng (football), Gyalshing (kho-kho) and Namchi. The Tashi Namgyal Academy hosted swimming events.

Sports minister Kunga Nima Lepcha along with Lok Sabha member Indra Hang Subba attended the celebration at Paljor Stadium here.

Chief guest Indra Hang Subba, in his address, appreciated the outstanding role played by the Sikkim Olympic Association and all the allied sports associations in promoting sports culture and supporting the athletes of the State. 

Reiterating the State government's commitment towards development of the sports infrastructure and institutionalisation and streamlining of sports sector in the State, the MP called for greater collaboration and collective action from all in transforming Sikkim into a sports hub of the country with the State government's continued support. He encouraged all the athletes to give their all in achieving greater heights in their respective fields with a positive attitude and to motivate the younger generation to adopt sports as a career.

Addressing the inaugural session, Kunga Nima Lepcha said this year’s theme is apt considering the current global scenario. “We feel that through sports, we can bring about peace and harmony across globe as sports is a means where the athletes across globe participate keeping aside all differences in a unified manner,” he said.

The Sports ministered appeal all including sportspersons to come together in maintaining world peace.

Chief Minister P.S. Golay, in his message, appreciated and thanked all sportspersons of the State for their contribution in diverse disciplines and for representing the State in various sporting events including Olympics over the years.  

Golay informed that the State government is committed towards promotion of sports and development of sporting infrastructure at various levels. The young talents have been provided with required platform and support to excel in their fields, he said.

SOA president Kuber Bhandari said, “The main objective of the SOA is to bring about Olympians from the State in days ahead and the movement for the same has begun. So far, the State has only two Olympians but we aim to inspire, support and help the talented youths of the State in becoming Olympians. We want the parents and the children involved in the field of sports to know the five rings of Olympics and work hard to become an Olympian,” said Bhandari.

He expressed hope that with support received from the government, department and associations in carrying forward the Olympic movement in the State, Sikkim will produce more Olympians in the future.

SOA general secretary and Olympian Jas Lal Pradhan said the SOA has decided to conduct State-level games every two years with the inaugural event scheduled to be held in 2023. Prahdan said the SOA has also written to the Education department to make International Olympic Day celebration mandatory in all schools across the State.  

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi