Gangtok, July 14
Sikkim Olympic Association [SOA] has felicitated medal winners of the State team in the 1stNorth East Olympic Games held in October last year in Manipur. Sikkim bagged 01 gold medal, 07 silver medals and 17 bronze medals along with three team championships in different disciplines in the NEOG 2018.
SOA has felicitated the medal winners on the occasion of its annual general body meeting here on Sunday. Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Kunga Nima Lepcha, who was present as the chief guest of the felicitation ceremony, handed over souvenir and cash prize of Rs 5,000 each to medal winners.
SOA has also felicitated coaches, Zarina Rana [table tennis], Palden Bhutia [football], Basant Pradhan [athletic], Santosh Subba [badminton], Mukesh Rai [boxing], Hem Kumari Rai [karate], Aaron Gurung [wushu], Sonam Paljor Bhutia [weightlifting] and Bijay Gurung [taekwondo]. On the occasion, SOA also presented grant-in-aid of Rs 20,000 each to 18 sports associations of the State affiliated with it.
In his short address, the Minister congratulated all medal winners for winning medals and laurels for the State. While termed them as the ‘pride of Sikkim’, he expressed his best wishes to them for their future competitions.
Addressing the function, SOA president, BK Roka congratulated all medal winners and coaches of different discipline and further encouraged them to continue with their practice and hard work to continuously bring medals and laurels for the State. He informed that the annual general meeting of SOA was held for the first time today after its formation and various important issues were discussed. He assured to provide all possible support to sports associations of the State and to work for the welfare of players.
Mr Roka stated that SOA will send coaches of different disciplines of the State for an exposure trip to Manipur. He also encouraged young players to always maintain discipline, punctuality, dedication and consistency to achieve their desired goal in their respective discipline. He also assured them to provide better cash incentives and support to players in days to come. He informed that the association has been working to establish a sports complex in the State.
SOA president informed that the prestigious National Games of this year will be held in November in Goa. On the same, he asked officials of different sports association to immediately give name of players in anyone has been qualified for the National Games. He further informed that the 2nd North East Olympic Games 2020 will be held in Arunachal Pradesh and urged association to immediately start preparation for the same to better performances in the competition.