Photo Courtesy: Sikkim IPR.

Namchi: The much-awaited Bhaichung Stadium was finally inaugurated on Sunday in Namchi, South Sikkim.

The Rs 62 crore, 10,000 seater stadium was inaugurated by Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad with Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay and footballer Padmashri Bhaichung Bhutia in attendance.

The gathering was also in assembly to mark National Unity Day on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel with the Governor reading out the pledge read out loud by the packed house in the new stadium.

In his address to the gathering, the Governor shared, “Sardar Vallabhbhai united the country, the pledge taken is for the unity of the nation. There have been two freedom fighters from Sikkim, Trilochan Pokhrel and Helen Lepcha. Their contribution in the freedom struggle is immense.”

The Governor also remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi one her death anniversary today.

The Governor also expressed his happiness for the inauguration of Bhaichung Stadium in Namchi. He called the stadium, “As beautiful as a bride with all its decorations. Let us make this stadium more beautiful and make Sikkim an ideal state. Sikkim has a long history of standing united with India even when it was a kingdom. During the Chogyal’s era, Sikkim had business transactions with India, and it has continued to flourish in today’s time.”

Earlier, Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay expressed how sports has been an exhibition of unity throughout history.

“We chose the auspicious occasion of Ekta Diwas to inaugurate Bhaichung Stadium. Sports had been an exhibition of unity, there are always two sides. We have Padmashri Bhaichung Bhutia in attendance and it is a proud moment for us. We have tried to bring unity across Sikkim through our government.”

“In 2.5 years along with the pandemic giving us work period of 1.5 years, we have completed Bhaichung Stadium. The stadium was started in 2009-10. The people of Namchi know the reason for the delay. Despite allocation of funds in 2009, the previous government didn’t construct. Now the name of Bhaichung Bhutia will stand eternal in the stadium. For 10 years, sportspersons were denied the chance of a great stadium. Many years of experience lost by our athletes. To Bhaichung Bhutia, the stadium is a gift from your native Sikkim,” the CM said.

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