Bhawika and Jharna are back from Tashkent

Sagar Chettri

Gangtok, 19 Oct:

Bhawika Pradhan and Jharna Rai, back from an encouraging debut at the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship held in Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan, addressed a press conference here today, beaming with happiness and satisfaction over their performance and the support they have received from Body Builders Association of Sikkim [BBAS] and the State Government.

Bhawika and Jharna both came in fifth in the junior and senior categories respectively of the Women’s Model Physique competition of the 12th World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship 2021 held from 01 to 07 October at Tashkent.

This was the debut appearance for both athletes in any international competition.

Bhawika also bagged a bronze medal for the country in the Mixed Pair category of the championship.

Meanwhile, Sikkim’s Tashi Ongmu Lepcha, who had accompanied the Indian team as women's team manager to the championship, passed the International Judge examination of World Bodybuilding & Physique Federation held during the competition.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, BBAS general secretary, Pema WD Bhutia, congratulated Bhawika and Jharna for making the country and the state proud on their debut itself.

He further congratulated Tashi Ongmu Lepcha on becoming an international judge by passing the examination of WBPF.

On behalf of the association, he expressed gratitude towards the Chief Minister for extending financial support to send these two athletes from Sikkim to the event in Tashkent. He stressed that consistent support from all sides will help produce more national and international athletes from the State.

Tashi Ongmu Lepcha informed that contestants from 25 countries participated in the competition.

“Both the women athletes from Sikkim gave an outstanding performance by reaching the top-five in their respective categories. It is also a proud moment for us that Bhawika Pradhan won a bronze medal for the country as well,” she said.

Likewise, Bhawika said, “This championship was very memorable since it was my first international event and I am happy with my performance. We really worked hard and made many sacrifices. The hard work finally paid off.”

“It was a good learning experience to understand our weaknesses and make improvements for future competitions. Now we know how to prepare even better,” Jharna added.

Both athletes have thanked the CM for providing financial support to ensure their participation in the international competition. They also thanked their coaches and gyms and all well-wishers for their support.