Strength Lifting Assoc felicitates medal winners

GANGTOK, 16 Apr:

Sikkim Strength Lifting Association [SSLA] felicitated three strength lifters on Monday for winning medals for the country in the recently held 6th International Strength Lifting & Incline Bench Press Championship 2018 from 07 to 10 April at Bali in Indonesia.

In the championship, Pema Dorjee Bhutia bagged 2 silver medals in master’s category, Pempa Tamang bagged a silver medal and a bronze medal and Santosh Gupta won a bronze medal in senior category for India.

They were part of the 52-member Indian team in the championship and contributed five medals to the total of 36 medals won by the country in the championship.

In a small function, SSLA president, Tenzing D Denzongpa and other executive members congratulated them for winning medals for the country.

Mr Denzongpa lauded them for continuously winning medals for the country in international championships. On behalf of the association, he further expressed his best wishes to them for future competitions. He also encouraged upcoming young athletes to take these lifters as inspiration to do well in the future.

Mr Bhutia, who is also the chief coach of SSLA, expressed his happiness on winning medals for the country.

“The competition was really tough but we gave our best. Now, we will work hard to take our young lifters especially girls to international levels in the near future,” he said.

Mr Gupta expressed his happiness on representing the country in the championship. He also thanked his coach and SSLA members for their continuous support and encouragement. He also assured to work harder to do better in the future.

Likewise, Mr Tamang expressed his immense happiness on winning two medals for the country in his debut appearance in the international championship.

“The tournament was tough and a learning experience for me to train harder to win gold for the country in the future,” he said.

The function was also attended by vice-president, Mani Kumar Rasaily, assistant treasurer, Ranju Sundas and publicity secretary, Pema Wangdi.