State swimming championship held

State swimming
Mon, Sep 9, 2019

ISABELLA GURUNG
GANGTOK:
The 15th Sikkim State Open Swimming Championship saw more than 150 swimmers compete in 75 different events held across two days.
The championship was organised by Sikkim Amateur Swimming Association (SASA) at Tashi Namgyal Academy complex here on September 7-8.
Veron Gurung, at student at Delhi Public School, Siliguri, set a new State record in 50 metre butterfly with a timing of 00:30:90. He was declared the best swimmer of the meet. Rickzen Tamang of Manjusri Public School was adjudged the promising swimmer.
In the sub-junior boys’ category, the best swimmers were Tshering Tashi Bhutia (TNA) for group IV, Saransh Thapa (MPS) for group III, Kyalden Dorjee Kazi (TNA) for group II and Veron Gurung for group I.
Romario Gyatso (SASA) was the best swimmer in the open men’s category.
In the sub-junior girls’ category, the best swimmers were Ahalyaa Winona Rai (MPS) for group III, Karma Diki Bhutia (MPS) for group II and Lakshashree Pradhan (TNA) for group I.
The winners of each category will also represent the State at national and international level competitions.
The State Open Swimming Championship is an annual event of SASA.
SASA president Kuber Bhandari said the championship was started in 2004 with an aim to build up a competitive spirit among the swimmers in the State and prepare them for regional, national and international competitions.
“Swimming is an upcoming sport in the State as we are happy to see a rise in the number of participants, especially youth, this year. We will be able to produce more good swimmers from the State,” added Bhandari.
The SASA president also mentioned that the sport of swimming presently lacks infrastructure in the State. “The main problem is that swimming is a seasonal sport in Sikkim. We need to send our swimmers outside the State because we don’t have heated pools for swimmers to train during winter.”  
The concluding day was attended by Education minister Kunga Nima Lepcha as the chief guest and MLA Bishnu Kumar Khatiwara as the guest of honour. Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia was also present.
The inaugural event on Saturday was attended by Forest minister Karma Loday Bhutia as the chief guest and Sikkim Olympics Association president B.K. Roka and general secretary Jas Lal Pradhan as the guests of honour.


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