18-yr-old Kalzang Sangay Bhutia is Mr Martam 2018

Gangtok, 09 Aug: Kalzang Sangay Bhutia has bagged the title of Mr Martam 2018 in the 4th edition of Mr Martam Strength Lifting & Inclined Bench Press Championship 2018 held at Martam in East Sikkim on 08 Aug. He was adjudged as the champion of the champions for lifting grand total weight of 672.5 kgs. 18-year-old Kalzang Sangay is also the youngest to hold the title so far in the competition. “I am feeling really happy and satisfied on winning Mr Martam title. I have really worked hard to win this title. This achievement has now motivated me to prepare harder to win medals in the state, national and international levels,” Kalzang Sangay expressed. He further thanked his coach, gym members and family for their constant support and encouragement. Likewise, Zamyang Palmu Bhutia became the women’s champion and Homnath Shivakoti lifted the champion’s trophy in master’s men category. The day-long championship was organised by Martam-based Pema’s Gym which is a health club started by former Mr Sikkim and international strength lifter, Pema Dorjee Bhutia. The championship was chaired by Block Development Officer, Martam, Deepak Rai, as chief guest. Forty-eight strength lifters including 24 women lifters from seven gyms of Namchi, Gyalshing, Majhitar, Jorethang and Gangtok had participated in the championship. For the first time, the championship had also included categories of Open Women and Master’s Men Championship. Another highlight of the championship was the felicitation of eight personalities for their contributions in their respective fields. The organisers felicitated social workers, Karma Topden Bhutia and Chandra Bahadur Biswakarma, artists, Pempa Doma Machangpa and Praja Pradhan, former Mr Martams, Tashi Bhutia and Tashi Topden Machangpa, journalist, Sagar Chhetri, and Mr Martam 2018, Kalzang Sangay Bhutia, who had earlier set a new national record of 180 kgs in hack lift. The organisers also presented token of appreciation to international strength lifters, Pempa Tamang and Santosh Gupta, for winning medals for the country in a recent international championship. The chief guest and other guests handed over medals, trophies and certificates to its winners. Martam BDO, Mr Rai, appreciated the efforts and hard work of international strength lifter, Pema Dorjee Bhutia, for working at the grassroot level on his personal capacity and for leading the youth towards healthy and productive path. He encouraged Mr Bhutia to continuously work with the same passion to bring out more talented lifters for the State and the country in the near future. Likewise, Pema Dorjee Bhutia stated that local youth of the area prepare throughout the year for this annual Mr Martam competition and the area has already produced many national strength lifters for the State. He also expressed his happiness on the increasing number of participation from women in strength lifting. Mr Martam 2018, Kalzang Sangay Bhutia, hails from Martam and is a class XII student of St Joseph School, Martam. He started strength lifting training under the guidance of Pema Dorjee Bhutia in 2015. He has been sweating out hard in the gym for around 3 hours daily after school. In his debut appearance in the State-level strength-lifting competition in 2016, he clinched the bronze medal and then won his first gold medal last year in the State championship. Likewise, he won a bronze medal in the national championship in 2017 and again won another bronze last year in the nationals.