Sikkim strength lifters win 16 national medals

16 national medals
Sun, Apr 7, 2019

ISABELLA GURUNG
GANGTOK:
Sikkim strength lifters won 16 medals including five gold, six silver and five bronze medals in the recently concluded 28th National Strengthlifting & I.B.P. Championship held at Phagwara, Punjab.
A 20-member team from Sikkim Strength Lifting Association (SSLA) including four women participants had participated in the championship. All the team members were felicitated today by Sports secretary R.K. Tamang at White Hall here.
Kalzang Sangay Bhutia set a new national record in sub-junior category with 162.5 kgs and Pema Dorjee Bhutia was declared as the ‘champion of champions’. Other team members included Kiran Rai, Pahalman Limboo, Tashi Gyatso Lachungpa, Hissay Zangpo Bhutia, Kunzang Chodak Bhutia, Pural Loisam, Ranju Sundas, Kalpana Chettri, Madhu Mahal Majhi, Sheik Meeraj, Santosh Darjee, Sujal Subba, Sangan Subba and Tshewang Namgyal Lepcha. The team was accompanied by chief coach Pema Dorjee Bhutia manger Edu Tshering Bhutia.
R.K. Tamang congratulated the team and urged them to achieve even more in future. He also urged the SSLA members to have coordination and explore different areas for a better tomorrow. He also assured State Sports department’s support to the association in future.
Pema Dorjee stated that strengthlifting is now a popular sport all over the world and there is a huge scope for strength lifters. He thanked SSLA for the support throughout and also urged the association to conduct an east-zone championship in days to come.
Edu Tshering presented the championship report and expressed that the overall performance of the team was good.
It was also informed that Kalpana Chettri and Sheik Meeraj have recently opted for the national referee examination.


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