Sports Council elects Santa Lama as its new president


Yet-to-be registered Bhutanese American Sports Council (BASC) has it elected Santa Lama from Texas as its new president following a meeting of its founding members held on Feb. 21 in Nashville, TN.

According to BASC, Uttam Gurung from California was elected as the Council’s vice-president. Other executives included Ashok K. Rai from Texas (General Secretary), Devi C. Subedi from Ohio (Secretary) and Bhadra Rai from Texas (Treasurer).

Members and executives of BASC in Nashville, TN. Photo courtesy: BASC
Members and executives of BASC in Nashville, TN. Photo courtesy: BASC

The newly elected executives would work to finalize the council’s bylaws, complete legal requirements, and call for new board’s election in the time period provided by the board meeting. Then, the Council will elect its board members through an election.

The four-hour-long gathering also held discussions on the Council’s mission and objectives, its future events and activities, overall conceptual and practical development, annual interstate soccer tournament, development of official website for media coverage and adoption of professionalism among others.

BASC further said that Sarman Mapchhan, the incumbent coordinator of the Council, briefed on the history of the council, concept, formation, and the first interstate soccer tournament hosted by Georgia Atlanta. He also talked about the vision, mission, and objective of the Council.

While, Uttam Gurung, one of the founding members of the council briefed on the Council’s past and present activities. He told attendees that since 2011, the Council has started the scheme of organizing interstates soccer tournament annually, and also expressed commitment for its continuity.

The board meeting attendees also approved the organization’s name “Bhutanese American Sports Council” to remain as its official name, informed BASC.

“The attendees also approved the council’s annual soccer event as to be officially called as Annual Bhutanese Interstates Soccer Tournament,” the Council’s newly elected secretary Devi Subedi told Bhutan News Service.

Meanwhile, Suk Man Subba from Tennessee briefed the council’s gathering on the management and the budgeting of the fifth interstate soccer tournament and confirmed that tournament will be held from June 19-21 in Nashville, TN.

While, US certified referee Jit Basnet provided information on tournament’s field and fixture-out procedure of the tournament. According to Basnet, the tournament will be played in four different fields for first two days and the final match will be held on different field in different venue on June 21, Sunday.