Gangtok: Gym trainer Bishal Chettri was adjudged Mr Sikkim 2019 and the ‘Champion of the Champions’ at a glittering event held in Manan Kendra, Gangtok on Friday.
The 1st North East Men’s & Women’s Physique Championship organised by Sikkim State Body Building Association (SSBBA) was also held alongside Mr Sikkim 2019 in the capital city of Sikkim.
Janak Sharma (Ultimate Gym, Ranipool) and Rupendra Mukhia (an SBI employee) were declared the 1st and 2nd runners-up, respectively. The SSBBA is affiliated with Indian Body Building & Fitness Federation and the Sikkim Olympic Association.
The judges for the event were members from the SSBBA and body power athlete-cum-fitness educationalist, former Mr Darjeeling Sukra Mani.
Mr Sikkim included four categories — 55 kg, 60 kg, 65 kg and 70 kg. Every category had top five contestants and the 20 shortlisted finalists participated in the final showdown held later in the day.
The North East Men’s & Women’s Physique Championship included two height categories, among which the top five finalists were shortlisted. One each (Men and Women category) was declared as the ‘Champion of the Champions’. The participants came all the way from Manipur, Assam, West Bengal and Sikkim, among others.
The winner of the first NE women’s physique winner was Pranisha Lepcha, a businesswoman from Siliguri. Minu Barman, a gym trainer, and Sakhiya Bokhim Rai, a student of Namchi Government College, were adjudged 1st n 2nd runners-up, respectively.
The winner of the 1st NE men’s physique winner was Bikky Sewa from Majhitar.
The winners got cash prizes of Rs 2 lakh (overall cash prize), along with trophies, medals and certificates. The winners will also be endorsed as brand ambassadors for Suplement House, Siliguri. Mr Sikkim, Mr Northeast and Miss Northeast will also get one-year free membership at Gold’s Gym.
The guest posers for the event was Mr Asia runner-up and Mr Darjeeling Rebesh Pradhan (for North East Men’s & Women’s Physique Championship).
Mr Sikkim championship is organised every year by SSBBA with the aim of providing a platform to local bodybuilders. “It is an important event because we feel that the event will keep them busy and focused towards sports and our body builders might get distract towards drugs and other social evils. We also want to encourage our local youth towards body building,” said SSBBA president Arun Gurung.
The event was supported by the state sports department, among others.