Sikkim Strength Lifting Association felicitates medal winners

Priyanjali Mangar Thapa

GANGTOK, 18 May:

Sikkim Strength Lifting Association [SSLA] felicitated strength lifters from Sikkim on Wednesday for their outstanding performances in the recently held 32nd Senior and Masters Men & Women National Strength Lifting and Inclined Bench Press Championship from 05 to 08 May at Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.

The 12-member SSLA team clinched 16 medals and the Best Disciplined Team trophy for Sikkim in the championship.

Pahal Man Limboo clinched two gold medals, while Pema Dorjee Bhutia and Sonam Norzing Bhutia won a gold medal each for Sikkim. Lakpa Sherpa and Seema Pradhan won two silver medals each and Madhu Majhi won a silver medal and Thinlay Ongmu Bhutia bagged a silver and a bronze. Likewise, PempaTamang won two bronze medals while Ranju Sundas, Bhim Raj Gurung and Pancha Maya Tamang bagged a bronze medal each for the State.

Speaking to media persons here this afternoon, SSLA working president, Allen Targain congratulated the team members for their outstanding performance by winning 16 medals and the Best Disciplined Team trophy for Sikkim in the national championship. He said it is a matter of pride that out of twelve lifters, eleven lifters have returned home with medals.

He mentioned that the competition was really tough among more than 350 participants from 26 States participating in the championship.

“Our lifters left no stone unturned to win medals and laurels by giving their best in the competition. Strength lifting does not only make us physically fit but it is also a very promising game which teaches one about patience and discipline. I am very happy that Sikkim got the best disciplined team award leaving behind all other states,” he expressed.

While giving details of the competition, SSLA chief coach, PemaDorjee Bhutia, who also won a gold medal at the competition, expressed gratitude to the association’s chief patron, Forest Minister Karma Loday Bhutia and the entire team for constant encouragement and support to strength lifters. He said that the competition was really tough especially in the hot climatic condition with temperatures goingupto around 47 degrees Celsius.

“We have been informed about the International Strength Lifting Championship which will take place in September this year in Kazakhstan and we hope that a few lifters from Sikkim will secure their place in the national team,” he added.

Likewise, the state team manager,Lakpa Sherpa expressed his gratitude to Rahul Holani and VinayDeria from Madhya Pradesh Strength Lifting Association for helping the team get back home.