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As the official announcement of 'Sikkim Paragliding Festival' is being made on September 13, 2012 - as 48 days countdown to PG Fest - Sikkim Tourism takes this opportunity to share 48 facts about Sikkim. To know more about Sikkim - Visit Sikkim Tourism


Baichung Bhutia

Sikkim's very own International Football Star

Baichung Bhutia

Bhaichung Bhutia’s excellence in football was realised as early as 1986, when he won a football scholarship from SAI to attend the Tashi Namgyal Academy in Gangtok. Having left school at the age of 16 for his ambition to be a footballer, he made his first appearance at the East Bengal Football Club in 1993. He then went on to make a debut for India in 1995 in the Nehru Cup as a substitute.

He has captained Indian football team for 12 years from 1999 to the AFC Asian Cup in 2011 and played stellar roles in helping the national side win the Nehru Cup (2007, 2009), AFC Challenge Cup (2008), South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Cup in 1997 and 2005 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup.

Owner of 43 individual goals in 109 international appearances, the highest by an Indian footballer, a Padmashri in 2008, Sikkim Samman in 2004, Sikkim State award in 1999, Arjuna award in 1998, and Sikkim Khel Ratna in 2012, he is also the first footballer from the subcontinent to sign a professional contract with a European football club, Bury FC in 1999.
He retired from international football in August 2011 but continues to play for his home Club, United Sikkim Football Club.

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