Section of SFA dissatisfied over delay in electing general secy

Summit Report

Gangtok, 24 Apr:

A section of the Sikkim Football Association [SFA] has expressed dissatisfaction over the delay in elections for the post of general secretary of the association. On the same, they have demanded that SFA president,Menla Ethenpa immediately hold the elections.

Addressing a press conference here this afternoon, SFA member, Phurba Sherpa, who was the former chief coordinator of SFA, mentioned that the old body was dissolved during the annual general meeting of SFA on 11 December last year and election for the post of president and general secretary was also conducted during the meeting.

He informed that MenlaEthenpa was elected unanimously as the president of SFA but general secretary could not be elected due to some technical issues. However, he mentioned that the SFA president had assured to make necessary amendments in the constitution of SFA to hold the election for the post of general secretary within one week.

No action has been taken yet by the president even after four months of his assurance, said Mr Sherpa.

He expressed that the delay in the formation of the new body of SFA has been hampering football activities in the State as there is no football activity even after covid-19 restrictions were lifted in the State. He stated that the formation of the new body of SFA would help to carry out regular activities of the association for further promotion and development of football in the State.

Another SFA member,ChewangThendup Bhutia said, “Footballers and people have been questioning us for not conducting any football activities despite the lifting of covid-19 restrictions. Many tournaments at the national, regional and state levels are coming but we are not able to conduct any activity due to delay in the formation of the body.”

He demanded that the SFA president immediately come into action to kickstart football activities in the State. He mentioned that only the president and the general secretary can constitute the new body of SFA.

They further informed that during the annual general meeting it had been unanimously decided to appoint Phurba Sherpa as general secretary of SFA but the president has not yet handed over the general secretary certificate to Phurba Sherpa.

Regarding the same, a section of SFA members had also written to the president to hand over the certificate to Phurba Sherpa by 23 April. However, there was no response from the president.

Despite this, the members today said that all they want now is for the elections to be held at the earliest.