GANGTOK, 13 Jun:
Gangtokians gave a grand welcome to the world's biggest sports festival of the year, FIFA World Cup 2018 here in front of old Tourism Office at MG Marg on Wednesday evening. International and national footballers from Sikkim, young footballers of different clubs of the State along with kids and people of Gangtok came together to celebrate the FIFA World Cup 2018 with jersey and flag of their favourite teams in this event.
FIFA World Cup 2018 will kick off on Thursday in Russia. On this occasion, Football Clubs Association of Sikkim [FCAS] has organised World Cup Festival to welcome and celebrate the event. The venue has been decorated with flags of the World Cup participating teams while footballers demonstrated their juggling skills. The celebration also witnessed performances by Sikkim Police Band along with aerobics and zumba which was also joined by tourists.
The event had Rajya Sabha MP, Hishey Lachungpa as the chief guest and was accompanied by Sikkim Football Association president, Menla Ethenpa, Gangtok Municipal Corporation Chairperson, Ashish Rai and social workers, T Lachungpa among other dignitaries. The celebration was also joined by popular ISL and I-League players, Nirmal Chettri, Mobin Rai and Kunzang Lachungpa from Sikkim.
International footballer, Nirmal Chettri expressed his happiness on being part of the celebration to welcome FIFA World Cup 2018. He stated that Sikkim was a football loving State and football is played in every corner so it is a good initiative where the people can come together to celebrate the world's biggest sports festival.
“Let’s all enjoy this festival and support our favourite team,” he said and added that such initiatives need to be continued.
“England is always my favourite team in the World Cup. I started supporting England due to David Beckham during my childhood days and remains my favourite in every World Cup,” Nirmal said.
Likewise, SFA president, Mr Ethenpa expressed that football is in the blood of every Sikkimese so it is a great occasion where people have come together to celebrate and welcome the event. He congratulated FCAS for taking such a good initiative by bringing people together.
FCAS general secretary, Sumeet Thirani mentioned that the main objective of the event was to bring the people together to welcome the FIFA World Cup 2018. He also thanked everyone for their active participation.