Jorethang, 30th December (IPR): The semi-finals and finals of the first Franchisee based sporting event, the ‘Jorethang Premier Badminton League’ (JPBL) organised by Badminton Association of Jorethang was held at the Badminton Court above Jorethang Car Parking Plaza today.
Unique Shuttlers emerged as the winners of the league and walked away with a grand prize of 2 lakhs while Namchi Smashers finished behind as the runners-up with a winning amount of 1.25 lakh. Kapil Mani Shilal and Minister and owner of Red Panda G.M.T.S Mr. G.M Gurung was declared the winner and runners up of the exhibition match respectively. The fair team award was conferred to team Racqueters.
MP Rajya Sabha Mr. Hishey Lachungpa was present in the badminton league as the Chief Guest alongside SLA Speaker Mr. K.N Rai, President State Badminton Association Mr. C. Zangpo, NJMC Chairman Mr. Tika Gurung, Vice Chairperson Ms. Pema Tamang, NJMC Councillors, President of Badminton Association Of Jorethang Mr. Jigmee Namgyal, BAJ executive members amidst a huge gathering of sporting enthusiasts from all over the state.
Addressing the gathering in the event, MP Rajya Sabha Mr. Hishey Lachungpa extended his wishes to the organising committee for coming up with a noble initiative of organising the first ever franchise based sporting event in the state. In his address he also lauded the players of the tournament and urged them to give their best irrespective of their loss or win. He emphasised that sporting events of such nature can, and does, make a profound and positive impact on individuals, communities and wider society. He also stressed over how it brings numerous health benefits and encouraged the association to organise such events on a regular basis.
The four franchises that qualified for the semi-finals were Jorethang Rising Star (JRS), Unique Shuttlers (US), Namchi Smashers (NS) and The Racqueters (TRQ). All the other franchisee owners Mr. Roshan Rai of Racquetters, Mr. Tarundeep Rai and Mr. T.P Ethenpa of Namchi Smashers, Mr. Satyam Rai of Southern Phoenix were also present on the said occasion.
The organizing committee also felicitated Jorethang Senior Secondary School, the recent winners of National Inter School band competition held in Delhi during the course of the sporting event. The event also saw an exhibition match between the franchise owners, senior veterens and the President of BAJ. The association also presented a life time achievement felicitation to the three senior most badminton players of Sikkim Mr. Y Kazi, Mr. PT Gyatso and former Rajya Sabha MP and Mr. Robin Rai
It may be mentioned here that Jorethang Badminton Premier League is a Curtain raiser event for the upcoming Jorethang Maghey Mela 2019 where a total of 10 players in each team from top 60 badminton players of Sikkim through an Open Auction which was held on 25th of November.
Alkem Laboratories was the title sponsors for the badminton league while IPCA laboratories and Casino Mahjong Sikkim with the support of locals were among other sponsors of the tournament.