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Sikkim: CM P.S. Golay to inaugurate GMC multi-sport arena

On October 27, Chief Minister P.S. Golay will inaugurate a multi-sport arena built by the Gangtok Municipal Corporation (GMC) atop the GMC building.

The Chief Minister P.S. Golay has agreed to inaugurate the indoor sports arena built by the GMC, according to Gangtok Mayor Nell Bahadur Chettri.

The state’s first-of-its-kind indoor sports arena can be used for a variety of sporting events. A futsal court of international standard, a table tennis area, a multi-gym, a yoga hall, cricket practise pitch, and other sports facilities are available at the arena.

The arena was built with GMC funds, according to GMC commissioner H.K. Chettri. “There is no such centre in Gangtok that caters to such a wide range of sports activities.” The futsal court that has been built is of international standard, and it can host national level tournaments. “The sports centre is for the people of Sikkim, particularly young people and sports enthusiasts, who can join the centre as members,” said the GMC commissioner.

With an adequate lighting system in place, matches can be held in the sports arena at any time of day or night, according to Chettri. “The arena has been designed in a dome shape, and a new water harvesting system has been installed so that the collected water can be used in the washroom and other areas,” the commissioner explained.

The arena was built over a 30,000-square-foot area, with the futsal court alone measuring 8250 square feet, according to GMC’s additional chief architect Gary Chopel.

The flooring is made of maple hardwood, one of the best materials, and the court is built to international standards, allowing national and international matches to be held, according to Chopel. He went on to say that the futsal court could also be used for basketball and badminton.

The futsal court, meanwhile, has a seating capacity of 550 people and can accommodate up to 850 people. The three-story southern block arena houses a gym, a yoga studio, a table tennis court, cricket practise pitch, a cafeteria, and locker rooms, among other amenities.

“This time, the GMC has not only built the infrastructure, but has also invested inexpensive equipment that has been developed through hard work, resulting in a world-class sports arena.” “We believe that in a city like Gangtok, where space is limited, the arena that has been built will cater to sports fans and will advance the government’s vision of sports and youth-oriented activities,” Chopel added.

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