Sikkimese Mourn the Death of Coach Thupten Rapgyal

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Sikkim's Veteran Footballer Thupten Rapgyal Passes Away At 66
Sikkim’s Veteran Footballer Thupten Rapgyal Passes Away At 66

Sikkimese Mourn the Death of Coach Thupten Rapgyal

Sikkim is in mourning today after the death of Thupten Rapgyal, a well-respected football coach and former player. Rapgyal, who was 70 years old, passed away on Thursday morning at STNM Hospital in Gangtok.

Rapgyal was born in Gangtok in 1953. He began his football career at a young age, playing for the Sikkim State team in the 1970s. He was also a member of the Indian national team, and represented India at the 1978 Asian Games.

After retiring from playing, Rapgyal became a coach. He worked with the Sikkim State team, as well as with several youth clubs in the state. He was known for his dedication to coaching, and for his ability to develop young players.

Rapgyal’s death has been met with widespread sadness and mourning in Sikkim. Chief Minister PS Golay has expressed his condolences to Rapgyal’s family and friends. “I express my heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Thupten Rapgyal, one of Sikkim’s renowned sports personalities,” said Golay. “Popularly known as “Thupten Sir”, he trained, guided and inspired many aspiring footballers from Sikkim, both as a player and a coach.”

The Sikkim Football Association has also issued a statement mourning Rapgyal’s death. “We are deeply saddened by the passing away of Thupten Rapgyal,” said the SFA. “He was a great coach and a mentor to many young footballers in Sikkim. He will be remembered for his dedication to the game and his commitment to developing young talent.”

Rapgyal’s death is a great loss to the football community in Sikkim. He was a respected figure, and his contributions to the game will be remembered for many years to come.

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Impact of Rapgyal’s Death on Sikkim Football

The death of Thupten Rapgyal is a major loss for Sikkim football. Rapgyal was a highly respected coach and mentor, and his contributions to the game have been immense. He was instrumental in developing the Sikkim State team, and he also helped to promote the game at the grassroots level.

Rapgyal’s death will be felt most keenly by the young footballers in Sikkim. He was a great inspiration to them, and his guidance will be sorely missed. However, his legacy will live on, and his work will continue to benefit the game in Sikkim.

Sikkim mourns the death of coach Thupten Rapgyal

Tributes to Rapgyal

Tributes have been pouring in for Thupten Rapgyal since his death. Former players, coaches, and administrators have all paid tribute to his work and his dedication to the game.

“He was a great coach and a mentor,” said former Sikkim State player Norbu Bhutia. “He taught us so much about the game, and he helped us to become better players. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.”

“He was a great inspiration to me,” said current Sikkim State player Nirmal Chettri. “He always believed in me, and he helped me to reach my full potential. I will never forget his guidance.”

Rapgyal’s death is a sad day for Sikkim football. However, his legacy will live on, and his work will continue to benefit the game in Sikkim for many years to come.

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