East Sikkim wins Inter school Junior Olympics


Gangtok, 30 Mar: East District emerged the overall champion of the 1st Inter-School Junior Olympic Games which concluded here at Paljor Stadium on Tuesday. East Sikkim lifted the trophy with its 33 points, while West District stood on the second position with 23 points. Likewise, South District finished

the competition on the third position with 22 points and North District on fourth position with 11 points.

The closing ceremony of the Junior Olympic Games at Paljor Stadium had Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs, Kunga Nima Lepcha as the chief guest accompanied by Advisor, Sports & Youth Affairs Department, MN Subba, as guest of honour along with Director, Doma Tshering and other officials of Sports & Youth Affairs Department. The five-day long event was organized by the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs and hosted 1,110 participants including escorts and officials. The Games were contested in eight disciplines, of which athletics was held at Khel Gaon, Reshithang, archery at Tathangchen ground and boxing, badminton, football, karate, taekwondo and badminton at different venues in the Paljor Stadium complex. In table tennis, East District became the overall champion beating West District on the second position, while West District emerged as the overall champion and South District stood on second position in karate. In archery, East District again lifted the overall champion’s trophy and South

District stood runners-up while South District emerged overall champion by leaving East District on

the second position in badminton. In boxing, East District emerged the champion and South District had to console itself with the runners- up trophy, while East District lifted the champion’s trophy leaving West District on second position in athletics. East District was champion again and North District runners-up in taekwondo, while West District emerged as the overall champion leaving East District as runners-up in football. Speaking to media persons, the Minister shared that the inter-school junior Olympic games were held for the first time on such an extensive scale and in a dedicated manner with the idea to seek out talented sportspersons from the grassroots. He added that the competition was organized from

the block level onwards to provide wide exposure and platform to hidden talent from every rural pocket.

“This event is a talent hunt held in an extensive manner from the grassroots level to take talented

children from the rural pocket to the state and national levels,” he said. Minister stated that the state government has given top priority to sports along with education and health for the overall development of children in Sikkim and to engage them in the healthy and productive activities to make a Healthy Sikkim