Gangtok, Jan 2
Twenty-four candidates from different parts of the State have successfully completed a Referee Clinic held from 26 to 30 December here at Paljor Stadium. This five-day long clinic was conducted by Sikkim Football Association [SFA] in close coordination with All India Football Federation [AIFF], New Delhi.
A press release of SFA president, Menla Ethenpa informed that Maria Rebello from Asian Football Confederation and Suresh Sriniwasa and Anup Kumar from AIFF conducted the clinic. The release added that out of sixty aspirants only 24 eligible candidates were shortlisted for the clinic.
The valedictory function of the clinic was held at Paljor Stadium conference hall on 30 December afternoon. On the occasion, SFA president thanked AIFF New Delhi for deputing high level instructors to conduct the clinic at Gangtok. The release informed that SFA president also presented mementos to instructors and distributed participation certificates to all candidates in the clinic. On receiving technical report from AIFF New Delhi, candidates are likely to be presented with ‘Category V’ Referee License, it is informed.
Speaking on the occasion, Maria Rebello remarked that candidates from Sikkim who undergone through the clinic were quite high as compared to candidates from other parts of the country, therefore there was no reason why Sikkimese referees should not feature in forthcoming I-League and ISL in days to come. The release stated that Suresh Sriniwasan advised all candidates to read the Referee Manual on regular basis.
It is informed that Anup Kumar of Referee Department, AIFF New Delhi also imparted training to Bikash Pradhan, Head of Referee, Sikkim, on how to use software on RASI. On behalf of candidates, Subash Tamang, Lhamu Tamang and Trilok Rai thanked SFA for holding such clinic for them and assured to extend full support in conducting local leagues in districts and state level in coming days. The valedictory function was also attended by LOC members and women’s wing members of SFA.