Sports minister KN Lepcha with the state team and officials at Paljor Stadium in Gangtok Credit: EastMojo image

Gangtok: An 18-member girls’ football team of Sikkim left for Ajmer on Wednesday for taking part in the National School Games being held at Ajmer in Rajasthan. The event is being organised by School Games Federation of India from October 21 to 25.

Coach Pema Lhamu Lepcha and manager Dhan Kumari Sharma are accompanying the players.

Sports & youth affairs minister KN Lepcha on Tuesday visited the state team at Paljor Stadium and extended his best wishes to the players and officials. “Go with high spirits and keep up the name of Sikkim,” he said.

Interacting with the players, Lepcha shared that Sikkim is known for its hospitality and discipline and this image should be maintained by the state team at the Ajmer event.

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The minister handed away tracksuits and jerseys to the players and officials in presence of sports & youth affairs secretary Kuber Bhandari and other officials from the department.

Speaking to the media, coach Pema Lhamu said the players for the state team were selected after holding trials at the district and state level. “We have selected the best players of Sikkim. We have hopes of good performances as the players are good. Our only concern is that some players could fall sick during the journey, otherwise the team is goodc,” she said.

She mentioned the Ajmer tournament would benefit the Sikkim players as they will receive exposure and opportunity to showcase their talents before national observers.

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