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Chief Minister’s Archery Gold Cup deferred by 30 days

Sunday, Mar 08, 2020 15:00 [IST]

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Chief Minister’s Archery Gold Cup deferred by 30 days

SE Report

GANGTOK: The ongoing 19th Chief Minister’s Gold Cup archery tournament has been deferred by 30 days or lifting of the ban on Sikkim entry of foreign nationals including Bhutan citizens by the State government.

The State government had on Thursday notified that foreign nationals including those from Bhutan would not be allowed entry permits to Sikkim as a preventive measure against coronavirus. This also affected the archery tournament being held here at Tathangchen which features teams from Bhutan and also has Bhutanese archers in the local sides.

An emergency meeting of the Sikkim Archery Association was held on Friday to discuss on the continuation of the tournament following the State government’s decision to ban Sikkim entry of foreign nationals including those from Bhutan. Finally, it was decided that the tournament will be deferred by 30 days or lifting of ban by the Sikkim government, whichever is earlier, informs a press release.

A number of Bhutan teams had won the first round of the tournament and have qualified for the next round. However, their participation in further matches as per the approved tournament fixture is not possible in wake of the new development.

It was also decided that if the ban on entry of foreign nationals including those from Bhutan continues after 30 days, the tournament will resume with the remaining teams (excluding the Bhutanese teams) who have qualified for the second round. In this scenario, local teams having Bhutanese players in their squads will be allowed to replace them with local players who have not participated in the tournament, the Sikkim Archery Association said.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi