In a somber ceremony held today at Decheling near Gangtok, the last rites of esteemed football coach Late Thupten Rapyal Bhutia, affectionately known as “Thupten Sir,” were conducted.
The seasoned coach, who dedicated his entire life to nurturing football talents in Sikkim, passed away on June 8 following a brief illness.
The funeral drew individuals from various walks of life who came together to pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of this influential figure in Sikkimese sports.
The funeral was filled with deep mourning and reverence as mourners gathered to bid farewell to their beloved coach.
Thupten Sir’s impact on the local football community was evident in the diverse crowd that attended the ceremony, which included players, fellow coaches, sports enthusiasts, and representatives from different organizations.
As a poignant symbol of his lifelong devotion to the sport, a football was placed near the pyre, representing Thupten Sir’s unwavering commitment to nurturing football talents in Sikkim.
His dedication to the game and his selfless efforts to uplift the local football scene have left an indelible mark on the hearts of countless individuals.
Thupten Sir’s achievements and contributions to Sikkimese sports are truly remarkable. As a renowned coach, he played a pivotal role in shaping the careers of numerous aspiring footballers, helping them realize their full potential.
His mentorship extended beyond the football pitch, as he instilled values of discipline, teamwork, and perseverance in his students.
The loss of Thupten Sir is deeply felt throughout the Sikkimese sports community. He will be remembered as an iconic figure who not only influenced the game of football but also served as an inspiration and role model to many aspiring athletes.
His absence will be keenly felt, but his legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.
The funeral ceremony concluded with heartfelt tributes and fond reminiscences of Thupten Sir’s life and contributions.
The Sikkimese sports fraternity mourns the loss of a legend but remains united in the shared resolve to carry forward his vision for football in the region.
As the pyre was lit and the smoke rose to the sky, the final farewell to Thupten Sir marked the end of an era in Sikkimese sports. His memory will forever remain etched in the hearts of those whose lives he touched, and his impact on Sikkimese football will endure as a lasting testament to his extraordinary passion and dedication ( by NIRMAL MANGAR)