Pandi and Karishma in Team India for Asian Body Building & Physique Sports Championship


Gangtok, 05 Sept:

Two Sikkimese athletes have qualified to represent the country in the upcoming 52nd Asian Body Building & Physique Sports Championship 2018 to be held from 02 to 08 October at Pune, Maharashtra.

Pandi Targain and Karishma Subba from Sikkim have earned a berth in the national team for the championship.

Interestingly, Pandi Targain has also qualified to represent the country in the upcoming 10th World Body Building & Physique Sports Championship 2018 to be held at the end of the year in Thailand.

The selection trials for Team India for the 52nd Asian & 10th World Body Building & Physique Sports Championship 2018 was held on 01 September at Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

A four-member team, two men and two women, of Body Building & Power Lifting Association of Sikkim [BBPLAS] had participated in the selection trials, following which Pandi and Karishma made the grade.

This is for the first time that Sikkimese women athletes are in Team India for this prestigious Asian championship.

35-year-old Pandi is a certified fitness trainer presently based in Delhi, while 21-year-old Karishma is a fifth semester student of Burtuk Government College and is the current State champion of strength lifting, power lifting and weight lifting.

Addressing a press conference here today, Karishma shared her happiness and satisfaction on being selected to represent the country.

She was confident that she will do well in the championship.

“This achievement has motivated me to workout harder to continue in this field and to finally participate in the Olympia platform in the future,” she expressed.

Karishma also thanked international strength lifter, Pema Dorjee Bhutia, who initially trained and motivated her in the sport. She has demonstrated for the first time at the Mr Sikkim 2018 platform earlier this year.

Pandi is presently training in Delhi, while Karishma has also started training at Titan Gym, Gangtok under BBPLAS coach, Hishey Namgyal Bhutia.

BBPLAS coach stated that both were in peak form and have full potential to win international medals for the country.

Likewise, BBPLAS general secretary, Pema WD Bhutia, stated that the association will provide all necessary training, diet and support to both athletes to ensure best performances in the upcoming Asian championship.

The press conference was also addressed by publicity secretary, Devendra Basnet and treasurer, Pema Wangchuk Bhutia.