Monday, Nov 29, 2021 09:15 [IST]
Last Update: Monday, Nov 29, 2021 03:34 [IST]
GANGTOK,: Sikkim Cricket Association (SICA) on Sunday criticized former India football captain and Sikkim Football Association advisor Bhaichung Bhutia, accusing him of “recklessly” passing “false remarks” before the press by expressing that SICA receives grant-in-aid to a tune of Rs. 15 to Rs. 20 crore annually.
“All and any grants received by us are in the public domain and has been made available for anyone interested, through the BCCI website,” said SICA suggesting Bhaichung to get his facts checked before speaking out.
“We at SICA would also like to state that money doesn’t equate to good governance. Various structural reforms have been undertaken by SICA bringing in transparency in all aspects from governance to financial matters, introduction and formation of district bodies and even giving them voting rights and powers in governance.”
“Introduction of club culture in the State for both men and women along with voting rights for clubs, implementation of policies such as representation of players association in SICA’s governing body, as two members of the players association form part of SICA’s apex council, these are but a few of the many reforms and policies taken up by SICA which has nothing to do with money,” SICA said in a press release.
“In fact, SICA’s revival with reforms and restructuring started in the year 2016, which was several years before it even became a full member of BCCI. Therefore, the real groundwork was already in motion before SICA received a single penny. Organizations and its representatives should acknowledge the responsibility they owe towards Sikkim and its people, while striving to inspire and encourage each other rather than indulging in passing false information and propaganda,” the SICA added.