CM Inaugurates Khelo India State Centre of Excellence in Gangtok

New Delhi, March 1: Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang inaugurated the Khelo India State Centre of Excellence at Khelgaon, Reshithang near Gangtok, on Thursday.

He also inaugurated the replacement of synthetic track & field, archery field, and boxing arena, along with upgrading the existing infrastructure of the sports complex.

The programme featured an archery demonstration, the flag-off of the inaugural train on the athletic track, and an inspection of the Centre of Excellence.

During his address, Chief Minister mentioned the state government’s support for sports associations, highlighting initiatives like hosting championships and constructing sports infrastructure across Sikkim. He stressed the importance of keeping sports separate from politics and encouraged sportspersons to pursue their passion professionally.

While the Khelo India State Centre of Excellence received funding from Khelo India, the state contributed additional funds for infrastructure development and amenities,he added. He pledged continued support for sports associations, including financial aid and sponsorship opportunities.

Grants in aid were awarded to registered sports associations, along with cash incentives for outstanding sportspersons.

Additionally, NSS volunteers who represented Sikkim during the Republic Day 2024 parade, were also felicitated.

Later, CM Tamang also attended the closing ceremony of Khelo India University Ashtalakshmi Games 2023. The event was funded by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) and organised by the Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sikkim in association with Sikkim Central University.

During the event, the Chief Minister also presented awards, medals and mementoes to the winners in various categories, recognising their exceptional performances and contributions to the sporting arena.

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