The Sikkim Strength Lifting Association [SSLA] team returned back home with sixteen medals for the state in the 28th edition Sub Junior, Junior, Senior and Master Federation Cup National Strength Lifting Championship 2019 for men & women.
The championship was held recently at Lovely Professional University, Phagwara in Punjab.
The state team bagged 5 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 5 bronze medals in the championship.
A young member of the state team, Kalzang Sangay Bhutia, also set a new national record of 162.5 kgs in sub-junior category in the championship by breaking the old record of 150 kgs.
In the championship, Pema Dorjee Bhutia won a gold medal and a silver medal and also lifted the trophy of the champion of the champions in master category.
Three senior women, Ranju Sundas, Kalpana Chettri and Madhu Nahal Majhi bagged a gold medal and a silver medal each and Kalzang Sangay Bhutia won a gold medal and a bronze medal for the State.
Likewise, another silver medallist is Kiran Rai and bronze medallists are Pahalman Limboo, Tashi Gyatso Lachungpa, Kunzang Chodak Bhutia and Pural Loisam.
A 20-member team was accompanied by international strength lifter, Pema Dorjee Bhutia as team coach and Edu Tshering Bhutia as team manger.
It has been learnt that two lifters, Kalpana Chettri and Sheikh Meeraj, also sat for the national referee examination in the championship.
In a small function here at White Hall complex on Saturday afternoon, SSLA felicitated the team members for winning medals and laurels for the state. The function was chaired by sports & youth affairs department secretary, Dr RK Tamang as the chief guest.
In his address, the chief guest congratulated the team members for their outstanding performance to win medals and laurels for the state.
He also congratulated the association for bringing out so many lifters from the state in the national and international levels in a short span of time. He urged association and sportspersons to take the full advantages of facilities, support and assistance to go to higher level in their respective field.