The Football Players Association of Sikkim (FPAS) hosted the prestigious annual Indian Football Award (FPAI) 2019 at Paljor Stadium, Gangtok.
The event was graced by Governor of Sikkim Ganga Prasad, Chief Minister of Sikkim Prem Singh Tamang, Kunga Nima Minister of Sports & Youth Affairs, HRDD Land Revenue & Disaster Management Department Law & Parliamentary Affairs Department, Sonam Lama, Minister of Cooperative Department, Ecclesiastical Affairs Department, Rural Management & Development Department, Arun Upreti Minister of Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department Urban Development & Housing Department, Sanjit Kharel, Minister of Building & Housing Department Transport Department, Karma Loday Hon’ble Minister of Forest Environment & Wildlife Management Department, Mines & Minerals & Geology Department, Sikkim State Council Of Science & Technology & Department of Science of Technology & Climate Change and Lok Nath Sharma Minister of Information & Public Relations Department, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries & Veterinary Department, Food Security and Agricultural Department along with Executive members of FPAI and FPAS were present.
A welcome speech was presented by Governor of Sikkim, Ganga Prasad. He stated that “sports can be fun and engaging and all should participate which is very beneficial for one's personal health and fitness, and further added that encouraging and supporting the youths is essential because they are the cornerstone of our nation and can do wonders”.
He appraised all the football stars and said: “youth should involve themselves in sport to enjoy and reach their potential”.
He stated that Bhaichung Bhutia is the pride of Sikkim and the youth can follow his footsteps, exploring their skills and talents and develop a sense of success like him not forgetting to mention “Khelo Sikkim” quoting the Government initiative program launched called “Khelo India”.
Adding to the prestigious moment there was an exhibition match between FPAI XI and Sikkim Stars giving a rare opportunity for the football lovers and people of Sikkim to watch the game of Indian International Footballers and leading professional footballers of Sikkim.
The event also witnessed the felicitation to the former footballers of the State for their contribution towards bringing football to this level which included Palden Bhutia, Pushpa Chettri(Gurung), Thupden Bhutia, Bhaichung Bhutia, and Jerry Basi.
Later there was distribution of awards 2019 on various categories including Young Indian Player of the year Lalinzuala Chhangte, Indian Player of the year Sunil Chhetri, Special award Bhaichung Bhutia, Fans Player of the year Sahal Abdul Samad, Coach of the year Eelco Schattori and Best foreign player of the year Ferran Corominas.
Football Association of India presented souvenirs to Chief Minister of Sikkim Prem Singh Tamang and felicitate Minister Kunga Nima and to the Football Players Association of Sikkim President Nirmal Chettri and M. Ethenpa President Football Association Of Sikkim.
Chief Minister of Sikkim distributed trophies to the players and match officials, hence the function concluded with a vote of thanks given by Gyaltsen Lepcha.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-07-23 3:57 PM