Gangtok, Jan 8
Team owners of Jorethang Premier Badminton League [JPBL] 2 have expressed that the event like JPBL would encourage professionalism in sports in the State. They further added that JPBL would not only provide a good platform to talented shuttlers of the State but would also encourage them to make sports as their career. They also congratulated Badminton Association of Jorethang for taken such unique initiative to bring the professionalism in the sports in the State.
JPBL 2 is being organized by Badminton Association of Jorethang [BAJ] in association with Sikkim Krantikari Morcha party’s Sports wing & Labour front under the aegis of Badminton Association of Sikkim [BAS].
Six teams placed their bids from the top shuttlers of the State during the auction held on 05 December at Jorethang and 66 players of Sikkim have been auctioned during the auction for JPBL 2. The second edition of the league has Red Panda GMTS owned by former Minister GM Gurung and Tshering Sherpa, United Sikkim Shuttlers owned this year by Indian Olympian archer, Tarundeep Rai and football icon, Bhaichung Bhutia, The Poklok Warriors owned by RB Tamang, Dallam Express owned by Power Minister, MN Sherpa, David Warriors owned by Political Secretary to the CM, Jacob Khaling, and Chakung-Soreng MLA, Aditya Golay, and the home team, Salghari Zoom Blockers owned by Area MLA, Sunita Gajmer.
Addressing a press conference this evening, David Warriors co-owner, Jacob Khaling expressed his happiness and excitement on being a part of JPBL 2. While congratulating the organizing committee, he expressed that JPBL would be a milestone for talented and budding players of the State to take up sports as their career. He further expressed that such event would create a healthy and competitive environment for sportspersons and promote professionalism in sports.
“We have taken personal interest in this event to encourage our local players in sports by creating a healthy platform for talented young players of the State and to bring professionalism in sports in Sikkim. We are here to win but we have more focus to open doors for our players to be professional sportspersons,” Mr Khaling expressed.
Likewise, David Warriors co-owner, Aditya Golay, who is also the Area MLA of Soreng-Chakung, expressed his happiness on providing a good platform to local players through this event. “We have lots of talented sportspersons in every corner of the State and they just need good platform and support from all side to excel in their respective sport. JPBL is a good platform for players of Sikkim and we want to encourage professionalism in sports,” he expressed. He stressed upon the need of such concept in every sport in the State to encourage local players to go professional in their respective sport.
United Sikkim Shuttlers co-owner, Bhaichung Bhutia congratulated the organizers for promoting professional sports in the State. He also shared his interest and national participation in badminton during his school days in Tashi Namgyal Academy. He expressed that JPBL was a good start to provide better platform and exposure to talented shuttlers of the State. He further added that JPBL was a great concept to build professionalism in sports in Sikkim. He further stressed upon the need to inculcate this concept in other sports as well. “We want to win the championship title of the JPBL 2 to give this gift to Tarundeep Rai before his participation in the upcoming Olympics,” Mr Bhutia said.
Red Panda GMTS co-owner, Tshering Sherpa stressed upon the need of support from all side to local players to take them to the higher levels. “We have lots of talented players in badminton and they need support and encouragement from all sides to taken them to the higher level. JPBL would definitely motivate players to perform better,” he said.
A player-cum-member of Salghari-Zoom Blockers, Alphonso Gajmer expressed best wishes to all participating teams in JPBL 2. He also expressed that such concept was much needed in all other sports in the State to promote professional in sports and to provide platform to talented players. He also shared that Salghari-Zoom area MLA, Sunita Gajmer has been working to promote local sportspersons on the constituency in the state and national levels.
Rinzing Wangyal Chopel from SKM sports wing expressed his happiness on the association of SKM party sports wing in the event. He said that the event was an eye opener for other sports associations of the State to promote professionalism in sports and to encourage local sportspersons.
BAJ president, Jigmey Namgyal, who is also the head of the organizing committee, expressed that the organizing committee has been trying to bring Indian badminton icon, Gopichand during JPBL 2 to further promote the league in the international level. He informed that the JPBL will held on 15 and 16 February at Jorethang.
Responding to media queries, Political Secretary to the CM, Mr Khaling stated that the sports was a priority sector of the State government and has been putting all its efforts for the betterment of sports and sportspersons of the State. He added that many long pending sports infrastructures were now in the verge of its completion and has revived rural sports and other competitions to provide more platform to promote local talents of the State. He further assured to support and promote JPBL format in other sports in the State.
Likewise, Chakung-Soreng MLA, Mr Golay further stated that the State government and the CM have been supporting and encouraging local sportspersons to take them to the higher levels. He further urged individuals and organisations to support local talents and also urged the people to support local sportspersons with their presence and encouragement during the event.