SHILLONG, April 15: Despite financial difficulties faced by Laban Sports Club (LSC), the executive committee and supporters have resolved to overcome the obstacles and continue the participation of the club’s football team in the Shillong Sports Association’s (SSA) First Division.
A function was held on Saturday at the Laban Sports Club Indoor Stadium to felicitate its Chief Patron and Advisor Sanbor Shullai, who was re-elected as MLA in the recent state elections. The event also acted as a formal inauguration of the badminton and table tennis facilities, which were generously provided by the office of the East Khasi Hills District Sports Officer, George Lyngdoh.
Laban SC President Sammy Myrthong made an emotional speech expressing sadness at the possibility of the football team’s disbandment.
However, the mood among the 100-member gathering was a determined one and after a brainstorming session the house unequivocally agreed that the football team must continue.
The opinion of the house came after assurance of the MLA that there are ways and means to move forward and garner resources in the cause of the club. In his speech, the chief guest lamented that a club more than a century old would have to stop competing in its most accomplished discipline because there was a lack of support from the Laban Dorbar Shnong, but said that he is firmly with LSC in its efforts to continue.
In a spontaneous response to the needs of Laban SC, local MDC Ricky Shullai proffered a donation of Rs 50,000.
The club also received the wholehearted and unstinting support of the Seng Theilang Kynthei Laban, who have always provided support and encouragement to Laban SC.
The team’s football players were also present and two – Baskhem Shanpru and Freddy Diengdoh – spoke briefly but movingly on their desire to see the team continue. The Laban Rangbah Shnong and executive members were invited to the function but were not present.