3 Sikkimese to participate in 06th International Strength Lifting C’ship

Gangtok, 03 Apr:

Three strength lifters from Sikkim are all set to represent the country in the 06th International Strength Lifting and Incline Bench Press Championship 2018 to be held from 07 to 10 Apr at Bali in Indonesia.

The trio is part of the 52-member national team for the championship.

Pema Dorjee Bhutia will be competing in the master’s category while Pempa Tamang and Santosh Gupta will test their strength in the senior category in the championship.

The strength lifters are set to leave for the venue on Wednesday to join other members of the national team at Kolkata. The national team is scheduled to leave on 06 Apr from Kolkata for the championship.

In a small function held here today, Sikkim Strength Lifting Association [SSLA] vice-president, Mani Kumar Rasaily and other executive members wished the players good luck and told them to display their best performance.

It is informed that the lifters were shortlisted to represent the country based on their outstanding performance in the 24th Senior National Championship held at Pune in Maharashtra in January this year.

Pema Dorjee Bhutia is representing India for the fourth consecutive time in the championship. He has won six gold medals and the title ‘Champion of the Champions’ for three consecutive years in master’s category.

“We all have undergone rigorous practice sessions for two months for the championship. We are very hopeful and confident to again win medals for the country in the event,” Mr Bhutia said.

Santosh Gupta is participating for the second time in the championship. He had won a silver medal in the championship held last year at Colombo in Sri Lanka. He also expressed his confidence to turn the color of this medal to gold this time.

Debutant Pempa Tamang is hopeful that he will win laurels for the country.

SSLA publicity secretary, Pema Wangdi Yonzon, expressed best wishes to all the three lifters and encouraged them to maintain their form and performance to win medals and laurels for the country and the State.