SKM sports wing felicitates two coaches

GANGTOK, 12 Oct: Sports Wing of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha party has felicitated two coaches of Sikkim for their contributions in their respective sports disciplines here at White Hall premises on Monday. International athlete and chief coach of Strength lifting, Pema Dorjee Bhutia and archery coach, Pujan Rai were felicitated by the sports wing of the ruling party in the recognition of their hard work and dedication in promoting their respective discipline in the State and for promoting local talents in the national and international platforms.

The felicitation programme has the Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs Department, KN Lepcha as the chief guest, while Forest Minister Karma Loday Bhutia was present as the guest of honour. The programme was also attended by Advisor to Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Megnath Subba, Chairman of State Youth Development Board, Basant Sharma, Secretary to SYA Department, Kuber Bhandari and other officials of the department.

In his address, the chief guest expressed that such event to recognize the hardwork and contribution of sportspersons were very important to further motivate them in their efforts. He congratulated both coaches for their hard work and contribution towards the sports in the State.

Sports Minister mentioned that the SKM has revived the sports activities in the soon after formation of the government in the State. He mentioned that the State government has been working seriously to bring out talented sportspersons from different corners of the State by providing opportunities and creating infrastructures and platforms for local sportspersons. “We have been working to keep our young generation in the sporting and productive activities and further encourage them to make successful career in sports,” he said.

Minister informed that the State has avail the scheme of the Centre to transform Khel Gaon at Reshithang into the Centre of Excellence for athletics, boxing and archery. He mentioned that the government has also decided to start club culture in the State and has also enhanced the sports quota in the government job to 5%. He urged the sportspersons of Sikkim to take full advantage of opportunities and facilities provided the government to make successful career in the sports. He encouraged everyone to come together to give their contributions to make Sikkim a Model State in sports.

Likewise, Forest Minister expressed that sports need discipline, hardwork and dedication. He stated that local sportspersons of Sikkim have full potential to make a successful sports career in the national and international arena. He mentioned that the State government has focused to spot and hone talented sportspersons from rural parts of the State. While congratulating both awardees, Mr Bhutia encouraged them to continue with their efforts and hard works for the further development of sports in the State. He expressed that sport was the priority sector of the SKM party and its government for the betterment of the youths of Sikkim.

Pema Dorjee Bhutia and Pujan Rai have shared their experiences and thanked the sports wing of the ruling party for such recognition and encouragement.

The programme was also addressed by SKM sports wing president, Rinzing Wangyal and other executive members of the sports wing.