Gangtok, Jan 11
The third edition of Khelo India Youth Games 2020 was started in a grand manner at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Guwahati, Assam on Friday evening. The opening ceremony was also attended by Secretary, Kuber Bhandari, and Director-cum-Nodal Officer, NK Pradhan of Sports & Youth Affairs Department along with a six-member athletic team from Sikkim. Chief Minister of Assam, S Sonowal declared the event open in the presence of Union Minister for Sports, Kiran Rijiju.
Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sikkim is sending the State contingent in three different disciplines in this third edition of Khelo India Youth Games, which will continue till 22 January.
A press communique from Sports & Youth Affairs Department informed that Sikkim teams for boxing and weight lifting will be leaving for Guwahati on 13 January for the competitions to be held from 16 to 22 January. This time the Youth Games has 6800 athletes from 37 States and Union Territories in 20 sports disciplines.
A six-member State athletic team has runners, Chandra Kala Sharma, Rinchen Lepcha, Rahul Darnal, Amisha Gurung, Ranjana Tamang and Sabina Rai, while only weight lifter from Sikkim is Pemba Tshering Sherpa.
Likewise, the six-member State pugilist team has Samikchya Chettri, Sandesh Mangar, Ani Hang Limboo, Prava Gajmer, Ganga Biswakarma, and Krishna Kailash Rai. Sports & Youth Affairs Department Director, NK Pradhan has been leading the State contingent as Chef-De-Mission and accompanied by coaches, Mukesh Rai, Vabhya Gurung, and Phurba Sherpa and Dilip Kumar Chettri.