Asim Sharma wins Sikkim Mountain Biking Comptt

Gangtok, 25 Nov:

Asim Sharma of Sombaria, West Sikkim, emerged champion of the Sikkim Mountain Biking Competition 2018 held here on Sunday.

He finished the 65 KM race with a timing of 2:40:06 and 13 mirco seconds.

Urgen Sherpa of Darjeeling stood on the second position [timing 3:00:12:14] and Ching Hang Rai of Gangtok finished on the third position [3:17:25:24].

The event was organised by the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

It is informed that the Government of India will commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi from 02 October 2019 to 02 October 2020 with events at both national and international levels to propagate the message of Mahatma Gandhi.

39 cyclists from Sikkim, Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Siliguri participated in the competition today.

The competition was flagged off by Gangtok MLA, Pintso Chopel Lepcha, from MG Marg this morning and followed the route from MG Marg, Tashi View Point, Pangthang, Samdong, Upper Tumin, Khamdong and Sang and finally ended at Rumtek.

The top-three winners were presented with cash prizes, medals and certificates.

The organisers also presented consolation prizes to young participants, 11-year-old Tsewang Gyatso Bhutia, 14-year-old Bishnu Gurung, 13-year-old Bhardwaj Subba, 14-year-old Kenza Pakhrin and 14-year-old Shashank Pradhan.

Addressing the participants, the Gangtok MLA expressed his happiness on the good number of cyclists in the competition, especially young children.

He congratulated the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs for organising the event to encourage youngsters towards sports and to promote mountain biking in the State. He expressed hope that such events would also help to promote Sikkim as a destination for adventure activities.

Secretary, Sports & Youth Affairs Department, SD Dhakal, in turn stated that the department was celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi through sports throughout the State. He said that mountain biking was an international event so the Department will work to further promote this sport in the state.