Namchi, 29th August (IPR): The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Prem Singh Tamang graced the National Sports Day event organised by the Sports and Youth Affairs (SYA) Department at Namchi DAC, Conference Hall today. The program had the presence of Hon’ble Minister Shri. Kunga Nima Lepcha, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Shri. B. S. Panth, Hon’ble Minister of Information and Public Relations Shri. L.N. Sharma, Chairpersons, Advisors, HoDs, Sports Person, Coaches and officials from the Sports and Youth Affairs Department.
This function was simultaneously telecasted via webinar (live telecast) at Gangtok, Gyalshing and Mangan in which Officials, sports players and coaches were in attendance.
Addressing, the occasion Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Prem Singh Tamang extended his warm wishes on the joyous occasion of National Sports Day. He underlined the importance of playing various kinds of sports and informed that the youths of Sikkim should adopt playing one sport or the other so that they can be healthy, physically and mentally fit. He warmly remembered the past and present sports person and thanked them in paving the way for developing the field of sports in the state. He added that the youth to look at these sportspeople as an inspiration as they have represented the state and the country during various sporting competition. The Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the Sikkim State Government has consistently supported in elevation of sports so that the players especially from the state of Sikkim can shine with their exemplary sporting ability and can bring about laurels.
Speaking about the pandemic and how it has affected the sporting events in the state the Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the department is looking into various e-sports events so that the sports players, coaches and fitness experts can continue with their activities. He added that post-pandemic sporting events shall be celebrated in a much grander manner. He also informed that sports in Sikkim will be improved and that the State Government will come up with concrete changes and for the same, he requested the sports players and the coaches to come with suggestions and feedback to enhance sports in the state.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister also presented a slew of announcements which he said will come into force after the approval of the Cabinet. Sports Job Reservation will be increased from the existing 2% to 5%. Different kinds of Sports Club to be established in the state the government will also award the 3 sports club.
Annual Sports, Inter-House and Inter-School competition will be made compulsory in the educational institutions. Talent hunt to be made mandatory in schools so that budding sportsperson can be identified and groomed. Running 1 mile in school to be undertaken every week. Playground in school to be mandatory and if Playground is unobtainable then the school staff need to adopt sports which require less space if the educational institutions will require equipments the State Government will provide the same.
With regards to coaches, they will also get a chance to train in their respective field and if needed exposure trip for them will be arranged by the government.
Rural Sports I and II will be held in all the locations the monetary fund shall be arranged by the State Government which will go via the Zilla Panchayat. Sports players will be encouraged to take part in nation level sports events varying from small scale to large scale events.
Regarding Bhaichung Stadium the Hon’ble Chief Minister said that it will be completed at the earliest. This stadium is filled with state-of-art equipment and will assist the sports players to play and practice in a world-class platform.
Speaking regarding the COVID-19 the Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the Sikkim State Government is prepared to tackle any challenges that this pandemic will pose. He also informed that a number of COVID-19 patients from Sikkim has been cured of this virus which was possible as the State Government in a short span of time took prompt action like establishing the first Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory. He also added that District Hospital of Gyalshing has recently installed its first Biosafety Cabinet and Truenat Machines. He said the State Government has arranged the various provisions to fight the virus and additionally informed that soon a Super Specialist will be visiting District Hospitals to strengthen the medical field and to attend the patients who are in dire need of medical attention.
Hon’ble Minister Shri. Kunga Nima Lepcha spoke about the objective of National Sports Day which he said is being observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dyan Chand. He said that Major Dyan Chand is popularly known as the wizard of hockey and brought home three Olympic gold medal. He advocated the youths and the sports players of Sikkim to follow his path and draw motivation from this great sports person that our country has seen. The Hon’ble Minister also spoke about the departments initiative especial during this time of the pandemic. He informed that the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs in collaboration with Sikkim Chess Association organized the North East States Online Chess Tournament 2020 which is the first of its kind in the North East. The tournament was played on the Lichess Application platform and Sikkim commendably stood second in the open competition. The Hon’ble Minister also updated that Sikkim has corporated the Fit India Movement.
Secretary SYA Shri. Kuber Bhandari highlighted the scheme and projects that the department has undertaken to date. He informed regarding online zumba class, online taekwondo class and other new and innovative ventures that the departments have taken to engage the public and to tackle the sedentary lifestyle caused by the pandemic.
The occasion also saw felicitation by the Hon’ble Chief Minister to various individuals who have dedicated their life for the enhancement of sports. The Hon’ble Chief Minister felicitated Shri. Palden Bhutia from Mangalbarey Senior Secondary School for his voluntary service by an individual in the field of Sports. Football and Boxing coach respectively Shri. Suren Chettri and Smt. Sandhya Gurung was accorded with respect. Smt. Gurung was given this fete at Gangtok which was telecasted through a webinar.
Similarly, Strength Lifter Shri. Pema Dorjee, Traditional and Modern Archery Coach Shri. Pujan Rai, Athletic Coach Shri. Ram Bahadur Subba, Athletic long-distance trainer Shri. Norchung Bhutia was also provided with respect in Gangtok by the department.
Likewise, four athletes Shri. Evan Thapa, Shri. Pema Tshering Sherpa, Shri. Rigyal Tamang and Smt. Rinchen Ongmu was also felicitated at Gangtok. These four athletes were collectively representing their various sporting field.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister also released a book titled ‘Biography of the first generation of eminent sports personalities of Sikkim”. Thereafter he along with the dignitaries released the ‘Annual report of Sports and Youth Affairs Department 2019-2020’.
Sports player Shri. Nirmal Chettri and Arjuna awardee Shri. Jas Lall Pradhan shared their valuable experience in particular with sports with the participants of the event.