Jorethang, 16th February (IPR) : The Semi-Finals and Final of Second Jorethang Premier Badminton League (JPBL) was concluded, today. This league was organised by Badminton Association of Jorethang (BAJ) in co-ordination with Sikkim Krantikari Morcha Sports Wing and Labour Front under the aegis of Badminton Association of Sikkim at Badminton Court Jorethang.
United Sikkim Shuttlers emerged as the winners of the league and walked away with a grand prize of ₹2.5 lakhs while Soreng Chakung David Warriors finished behind as the runners-up with a winning amount of ₹1.5 lakhs. Owners of Salghari Zoom Blockers and Red Panda G.M.T.S was declared the winner and runners up of the exhibition match respectively. The fair play team award was conferred to team Salghari Zoom Blockers
Hon’ble Minister for Education, Sports and Youth Affairs Departments Shri. Kunga Nima Lepcha graced the occasion as the Chief Guest in presence of Hon’ble Minister for Power and Energy Departments Shri M.N Sherpa, Political Secretary to the HCM Shri Jacob Khaling, Area MLA Salghari Zoom Smt. Sunita Gazmer, alongside Sports and Youth Affairs Department Secretary Shri. Kuber Bhandari, President State Badminton Association Shri. C. Zangpo and President of BAJ Shri. Jigmee Namgyal, BAJ executive members amidst a huge gathering of sporting enthusiasts from all over the state.
Addressing the gathering Hon’ble Minister HRDD Shri. Kunga Nima Lepcha extended his best wishes and congratulation to the organising committee which is spearheaded by Shri Jigmee Bhutia. It maybe mentioned here that this is the first ever franchise based sporting event which is being held for second consecutive time in the state. He also lauded the players of the tournament and urged them to give their best irrespective of them being the winners or losers. Emphasizing on the importance of competitiveness in sports he encouraged the association to organise such events on a regular basis so that it can help to shine and foster young talents of the state.
During the course of the event, the organising committee felicitated the Chief Guest and other dignitaries. The event also had major highlights of musical and cultural extravaganzas performed by local artists.