Gangtok, 09 Feb:
White Hall, Gangtok, and Phoenix Gym, Tadong, lifted the overall team championships of the 1st Sikkim Open Inclined Bench Press Championship in men’s and women’s categories respectively here today at Sundar Hotel and Resort, Majhitar, East Sikkim.
The daylong championship was organized by Majhitar-based Body Craft Fitness Studio.
More than 70 participants from different gyms of the State participated in Junior Men and Women, Senior men and women and Master’s men and women categories. The championship was held under the technical guidance of Sikkim Strength Lifting Association chief coach, Pema Dorjee Bhutia.
Sonam Ongmu Bhutia of Phoenix Gym was adjudged the best disciplined player of the championship.
Similarly, winners in different categories are Homnath Siwakoti of Pema’s Gym & Health Club, Martam in master’s men, Kunzang Chodak Bhutia of Pema’s Gym & Health Club, Martam in junior men and Bhawane Mukhiya of Body Craft Fitness Studio in junior women and Anjali Sharma of Phoenix Gym, Tadong in senior women and Ashok Rai of White Hall Gym, Gangtok in senior women.
Body Craft Fitness Studio has been affiliated to Sikkim Strength Lifting Association since 2016 and has already produced national and international level strength-lifters from.
Recently, six members from the Body Craft Fitness Studio, who were the part of the State team, had won 4 gold medals, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals for the State in the senior nationals and two of its lifters, Kishore Dungmali Rai and Madhu Mahal Majhi have qualified to represent the country in the 8th International Strength Lifting & Inclined Bench Press Championship 2020 to be held from 13 to 17 February at Bangkok in Thailand.
Body Craft Fitness Studio chief trainer, Palden Tamang, informs that the main objective of the championship was to provide a platform to youngsters of the State and encourage them towards sporting and productive activities.
He believes that such healthy activities help keep the younger generation away from drugs and unhealthy activities and thus create a healthy society.
“We are very happy that we have been able to produce national and international level strength-lifters from the area in a short span of time so this championship is also an opportunity for the people to know about lifters from our area,” he said.
Mr Tamang added that Body Craft Fitness Studio had organized the championship for the first time and would now try to make it an annual event on getting the support from the people. He also shared his commitment to bring out more national and international lifters from Majhitar.
“Sports is the only medium which keeps the young fit and healthy and away from drugs and unhealthy activities,” he said.
Mr Tamang, who joined Body Craft Fitness Studio as a trainer in 2015, is a former Mr Darjeeling  and Mr Eastern Indian  and also won a silver medal for the State in the senior national strength championship 2019.