Gangtok: A 20-member team from Sikkim strength lifting association (SSLA) was felicitated by the state sports secretary RK Tamang on Saturday for wining 16 medals at the 28th National Strength Lifting & IBP Championship held at Lovely Professional University, Punjab from March 28-31.
Honoured in the presence of members of SSLA, the contingent comprising 16 men and four women came home with five gold, six silver and five bronze medals.
The team was accompanied by international strength lifter Pema Dorjee Bhutia as the chief coach and Edu Tshering Bhutia as the team manager. Kalzang Sangay Bhutia set a new national record in sub-junior category with 162.5 kg and Pema Dorjee Bhutia was declared as the ‘Champion of the Champions’. Other team members included Kiran Rai, Pahalman Limboo, Tashi Gyatso Lachungpa, Hissay Zangpo Bhutia, Kunzang Chodak Bhutia, Pural Loisam, Ranju Sundas, Kalpana Chettri, Madhu Mahal Majhi, Sheik Meeraj, Santosh Darjee, Sujal Subba, Sangan Subba and Tshewang Namgyal Lepcha.
Congratulating the team, Tamang said that it was a proud moment for the state as the state’s team was performing well in national as well as international level. He urged them to achieve even more in future. Also, he suggested the SSLA members to have coordination and explore different areas for a better tomorrow. He assured to support the association in future.
Chief coach Pema D Bhutia said strength lifting as an iron game of India, and is now a popular sport all over the world. He said that girls in Sikkim started their career in sports through strength lifting. He thanked SSLA for the support throughout and urged the association to conduct an east-zone championship in days to come.
Edu Tshering presented the championship report and announced the overall performance of the team was good. It was also informed that Kalpana Chettri and Sheik Meeraj have recently opted for the national referee examination.
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