Sikkim outplays other States in Eastern India Strength Lifting Championship

Sikkim outplays other States in Eastern India Strength Lifting Championship
Tue, Jul 16, 2019


GEYZING,: Sikkim emerged champions in both men’s and women’s categories of the inaugural Eastern India Strength Lifting Championship held at the auditorium of Government Degree College, Geyzing. The two-day national level championship was organized by Sikkim Strength Lifting Association, in collaboration with Government Degree College, Geyzing, on July 13-14.
The championship had participation of the States of Manipur, West Bengal, Tripura, Bihar and Sikkim totalling more than 200 athletes. Unfortunately, the participants from Nagaland, Jharkhand, Meghalaya and Assam could not take part in the championship because of bad weather and traffic snarls at different places along the highway connecting Geyzing.
The competition was held under various categories of strength lifting for both men and women.  
On the strength of overall performance in the championship, Sikkim emerged champions in both men’s and women’s category. In the senior women’s category, Ranju Sundas from Sikkim was adjudged the ‘champion of champions’, while Punai Uraaw bagged the men’s ‘champion of champions’ title. Similarly, Manju Pradhan from Sikkim secured the highest total in women’s category and Keleon Bhutia, also from Sikkim, secured first position in incline bench press contest. Sikkim’s Ram Dhoj Rai walked away with ‘champion of champions’ title in the incline bench press contest and master (above 45 years) category.
The winning participants were handed away cash prizes, certificates and trophies by minister Lok Nath Sharma, who was present as the chief guest on the concluding day.
The minister, in his brief address, appreciated the efforts of SSLA for promotion of the sport of strength lifting in the State.
Shmar expressed that sports play an important role in establishment of a healthy society, and the promotion of sports for creation of a healthy, strong, disciplined and moral society have been the need of the hour.
On commitment and contributions of the State government in the sports sector, Sharma maintained that the State government is committed to work in tandem with the sporting associations and organization to ensure promotion and development of sports in Sikkim. He asserted that the State government would work keenly to involve the youth in various sporting activities through sport based initiative.
The technical director of the championship, Pema Dorjee Bhutia, emphasized that sporting activities help to create a healthy, moral and competitive society. He informed that the introduction of strength lifting in Sikkim has provided platform to both men and women of the State to follow and take up the sport in easy way. Maintaining that the sports contribute towards empowerment of women in the society, Bhutia said that many women have come forward to take up strength lifting as a sporting activity. He added that the sporting activities also help to keep the youth at a bay from falling victims of immoral activities.
Speaking about Sikkim's bright performance in the championship, Bhutia said, "I am very happy with the way our State fared in the championship. Men and women gave their best to win the championship in both categories.”


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