Sikkim is all set to host the 1st edition of Eastern India Strengthlifting & Incline Bench Press Championship 2019 from 12 to 14 July at Sikkim Government College, Gyalshing auditorium In West Sikkim. Around 250 athletes along with officials from eight States have been participating in this three-day long championship. Sikkim Strength Lifting Association [SSLA] has been working on war-footing to organise the first edition of the Eastern India Strengthlifting & Incline Bench Press Championship in a grand and successful manner.
Addressing a press conference here today, SSLA chief coach Pema Dorjee Bhutia stated that it was an honour for Sikkim to host the first ever Eastern India Strengthlifting & Incline Bench Press Championship in the State. He stated that the State association has been working hard for the grand success of the championship. He added that SSLA joint secretary Ganesh Kumar Rai was supervising the preparation at the venue since many days. The championship has different weight categories in Senior
[men & women]
and Master’s [men].
“Around 250 lifters and officials from eight States have been participating in the championship. They are very excited to visit Sikkim for this championship. It is also a good opportunity for us to showcase our rich and beautiful natural resources, culture and tradition,” Mr Bhutia said. The participating States are Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Assam, Jharkhand, West Bengal and host Sikkim. He informed that SSLA has already met the Chief Minister and received an encouraging and positive response and support from him. He added that the association also met the Sports & Youth Affairs Minister regarding this championship and received the positive assurance.
A team of more than 50 members of SSLA will represent Sikkim in the championship. Chief Coach expressed his immense happiness on the participation of more than 20 women lifters from Sikkim in this championship. “The participation of such huge numbers of women lifters is a good sign of the development of strength lifting in the State,” he said.
He stated that the main objective to organise such prestigious and big event in West Sikkim was to promote strength lifting in the rural parts and encourage and motivate talented and potential lifters from the different corners of the State in this sport and to take them to the national and international levels. He shared his plans to organise such state and national events in other districts as well in the future.
SSLA has expressed its gratitude to Sikkim Government College Gyalshing for provided its auditorium and other supports to host this event.
The press conference was also addressed by general secretary, Sonam Tshering Bhutia, legal advisor, Prashant F Waiba, treasurer, Thinley Ongmu Bhutia and executive members, Homnath Sharma and Bhim Subba.