Bordumsa: A young boy from a remote Arunachal Pradesh village has brought cheer to his village by winning the national championship of powerlifting competition held in Noida, UP.

Ongbem Mossang was given a rousing reception upon his arrival back to his native village, Magantong in Changlang district, on 17 January.

The 21-Year-Old Tangsa tribal boy represented Arunachal Pradesh in the national championship event organised by the World Powerlifting Congress India on 8 and 9 January.

Speaking at the felicitation ceremony organised by the village community, the deadlift champion said, “Winning such a tough competition is not easy. It takes a lot of sacrifice, sweat and blood, and painstaking preparation and hard work. But I am not doing it for myself. If my achievement can inspire at least one youth from my area to give up mobile phone and drug addiction, my winning becomes more meaningful.”

More than 180 participants from across the country took part in the two-day event. Eleven participants represented Arunachal Pradesh.

Recounting what led him to such tough sport, Ongbem said, “I was the most notorious boy from my village, indulging in all kinds of bad habits. I am lucky to have come across friends who guided me with right advice at the right time. I owe it to my friends and seniors who advised to me join the gym to cultivate healthy habits. After my initial hesitation, they also enrolled me in World Powerlifting Congress Arunachal Pradesh. And here I am.”

Ongbem is the second of the four sons of Bemtang Mossang, a police constable, and homemaker Hiramoni Mossang.

Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese met him upon his return and congratulated him for bringing cheers to all the people of the state in these trying times.

“You are an example for many of our youth who are lost to mobile phones and addictions of all kinds. With your achievement, you bring your village to the map of India. It is people like you that our interior villages of Arunachal Pradesh come to the light,” he said.

The village community was seen beaming with pride of the achievement of the young boy. “It is indeed a matter of great pride for the whole village. A boy from our unknown village has registered his name in the national records and this will indeed inspire many young boys and girls to excel in different fields,” said Khulkum Mossang, the village Catechist.

Local MLA Somlung Mossang also congratulated Ongbem and expressed his appreciation with a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for his further training.

“Real talents are hidden in the last villages of Arunachal Pradesh. If our government could help young boys like Ongbem, we can also have Mirabai Chanus and Lovlina Borgohains from our villages,” said village leader Mankhul Mossang.

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