Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio, Athletics Federation of India associate vice president Abu Metha, executives of Northeast cricket bodies, and dignitaries were among those who attended, according to a SICA release.
The Sikkim Cricket Association (SICA) recently attended the Northeast Cricket Development Committee’s 7th conclave in Dimapur, Nagaland
Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Sikkim are members of the NECDC, which is a coordinating body of six NADP states of BCCI.
The SICA delegation also attended the inauguration of the Sovima Cricket Ground in Dimapur, in addition to the meeting.
The Nagaland CM, according to SICA president Lobzang G. Tenzing, was instrumental in the formation of the Northeast Cricket Development Committee.
“He (Neiphiu Rio) has provided us with shelter when we needed it and guided us when we were lost,” Lobzang said.
“Northeastern States and its children for the longest time have not had access to the opportunities and facilities. Therefore, such meetings serve to encourage growth, learning and sharing amongst the members. These are the very pillars on which NECDC was formed, a means to not just represent each one of us collectively but to encourage unity amongst our Northeastern States,” added Lobzang, who along with SICA honorary secretary Tshewang Lama was felicitated by the Nagaland Chief Minister on the occasion. Lobzang and Lama were felicitated on account of their efforts for the development of cricket in Sikkim.
“The current State of cricket in Sikkim and the benefits the people of the State are now entitled to are the results of an uphill battle. It would not be farfetched to say that these benefits are a direct byproduct of the work that has been put in by NECDC and its founding members. To that effect Sikkim represented by president Lobzang G. Tenzing and secretary Tshewang Lama has also been a major contributor to the cause. Sikkim along with the other North Eastern States today finds itself in a position of equal footing when compared with the rest of India particularly with regard to the nature of its membership in the BCCI. This was not the case till just a few years back and it was only through a concerted effort by the members of the NECDC that Sikkim along with the other North Eastern States were represented and our prayers heard,” states the union release.