Gangtok, Jan 7
Eleven strength lifters from Sikkim have been selected in India team to represent the country in the upcoming the 7th edition of International Strength Lifting & Incline Bench Press Championship 2019 to be held from 17 to 20 January at Karmazari, Pench in Madhya Pradesh. It is a great matter of pride for the State strength lifting fraternity and the people of State that eleven athletes from Sikkim have secure their place in the India team.
Pema Dorjee Bhutia, Ongdup Tamang, Santosh Gupta, Palden Tamang, Homnath Siwakoti, Ganesh Kumar Subba, Pempa Tamang, Thinley Wangdi Bhutia, Edu Tshering Bhutia, Ranju Sundas and Kalpana Chettri from Sikkim have secured their place in India team. It is for the first time three Sikkimese women strength lifters have been representing India in the international event. The state athletes are leaving on 16 January to join the national team.
In a small function held here this afternoon, Sikkim Strength Lifting Association [SSLA] has congratulated all shortlisted players from the State and further expressed its best wishes to give their best in the competition.
The function has the OSD to the Chief Minister, PW Rinzing as the chief guest, who congratulated the State strength lifters for being able to make their place in the national team. While extending his best wishes, he encouraged them to back home with medals and laurels for the Country and the State. He also expressed his happiness on three women lifters from Sikkim have been able to make their place in the national team.
Mr Rinzing urged the State athletes to take the full advantages of opportunities and support of the State government towards the field of sports to be the successful sportsperson. He stated that the State government was always there to support local athletes of the State. He encouraged youngsters to be a sportsperson to stay fit and to make a successful career in sports.
Likewise, SSLA president TD Denzongpa mentioned that strength lifters from Sikkim have been doing exceptionally well in the national and international level in a very short period. He expressed his immense happiness on the performance of local lifters by continuously bringing in medals for the Country and the State. He encouraged all eleven strength lifters to give their best in the competition to win medals for the country.
SSLA chief coach and international strength lifter, Pema Dorjee Bhutia expressed his happiness on three women strength lifters from Sikkim have been shortlisted in the international level for the first time. He assured to bring out more women lifters from all corners of the State in the national and international level in near future. “We all are in a good form and performance and we very hopeful and positive that we all back home with medals and laurels for the country and the state,” he said.
A woman strength lifter, Ranju Sundas, who is in India team, expressed her happiness on three women from Sikkim have been to make their place in the national team for the first time. “It is a matter for pride for us to represent our country in the prestigious international championship for the first time. We will give our best to clinch medal for the country,” she said. She further expressed her deep gratitude to the chief coach Pema Dorjee for his hard work and trainings and helping Sikkimese women to reach the international level.
Eleven strength lifters from Sikkim have been selected in India team to represent the country in the upcoming the 7th edition of International Strength Lifting & Incline Bench Press Championship 2019 to be held from 17 to 20 January at Karmazari, Pench in Madhya Pradesh.