Sikkim Cricket Association celebrates 32nd foundation day

Sikkim Cricket Association celebrates 32nd foundation day
Tue, May 14, 2019

KUNAL RAI

GANGTOK,: Sikkim Cricket Association (SICA), which was formed way back in 1987, celebrated its foundation day for the first time today.
The 32nd foundation day celebration at Deorali here was attended by Governor Ganga Prasad as the chief guest, former MPs and ministers, senior government officers, players and members of Sikkim cricket fraternity.
Addressing the function, Governor Ganga Prasad congratulated SICA for their endeavour in fostering cricket in the State of Sikkim.
“It is really great to see the aspiring youth of Sikkim taking up sports to new heights… Sikkim is a youth State and considering the environment and the lifestyle, it holds the potential of bringing out great cricket players as well who may one day bring laurels for the nation,” he said.
The Governor mentioned that the youth of Sikkim are hardworking and talented and the only thing that is required is to provide them with opportunity and some support wherever required.
“The nation has exceled in international cricket since years and now with BCCI extending its reaches to the North Eastern region, I am sure in days to come, brilliant players from the Northeast will come out and further take the game of cricket to new heights,” the Governor added, encouraging youth to take up sports as a career.
Earlier, SICA president Lobzang G. Tenzing gave a brief overview of the SICA and its activities. “The predecessors of the association have worked hard and we are also working towards fostering the association so that our future generations attain success in cricket as well,” he said.
The SICA president also highlighted the achievements of association ever since the new executives took over in 2016, the major accomplishments being the inclusion of State in top domestic fixtures and getting full membership and voting rights in BCCI.
“The journey of SICA has not been smooth and we are still striving towards achieving new heights. We assure to work harder to uplift the association and bring in all facility so that our coming generation can take benefit of and excel.”
He also went on to laud the works of the predecessors of SICA and thanked the State Government and Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for extending lease of Mining ground to SICA.
The Mining ground, near Rangpo is presently the only ground suitable for cricket in Sikkim and is undergoing infrastructural development.
Lobzang said the SICA is in need for two more grounds in the State.
“We are really happy that apart from government of Sikkim, the support and cooperation met from BCCI is truly laudable and we hope to improve under the BCCI guidelines in days ahead,” he concluded.
The annual report of the SICA was placed by general secretary Sonam Palden Bhutia.
On the occasion, awards and appreciation letters were given out to the players, coaches, managers, selectors, support staff and members of SICA. The players were also awarded for their performances in the recently-concluded domestic season.
The association also honoured former Late Tenzing Youthok posthumously for his role in getting the association affiliated to BCCI during his short stint as SICA general secretary. Likewise, life time achievement awards were presented to the ‘longest serving members’ of SICA, Aswin Oberoi and Namgyal Wangdi, for their contribution.

 


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