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KIYG medallist Pemba Tshering Sherpa promises to work harder

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 13:30 [IST]

Last Update: Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 07:48 [IST]

KIYG medallist Pemba Tshering Sherpa promises to work harder

Our Correspondent
RANGPO: Weightlifter Pemba Tshering Sherpa who won the lone medal for Sikkim in the recently-concluded Khelo India Youth Games at Guwhati returned to State today.
Members of Sikkim Weightlifting Association, family members and well-wishers had gathered at Rangpoto welcome the 20-year-old medallion. Another reception programme was organised at his native place of at Bhanu Gram, at DPH area here.
Sherpa, the sole weightlifter from Sikkim in the Games, had won a bronze medal in the 81 kg weight category in an otherwise dismal performance for Sikkim. Sikkim finished at the bottom of the table among the medal winners.
Thirteen athletes had participated in the country’s biggest sporting festival and Sherpa was the lone weightlifter. He overcame a number of weightlifters from across the country to secure a medal for Sikkim.
Elated byhis performance, Sherpa said the achievement has encouraged him to move forward with more energy and dedication. “In the future, I will work harder and try to win medals for the State and the country as well,” said Sherpa.
Sherpa’s trainer SonamPaljor Bhutia, who is also the general secretary of Sikkim Weightlifting Association, expressed that Sherpa’s achievement has made the entire State proud.
Bhutia said thesport of weightlifting has a huge scope in Sikkim and needs more focus and support. “There is a need for a weightlifting academy in the State and we also want the State government to conduct winter camps onweightlifting like other sports.”
Bhutia further demanded that weightlifting be included in the annual school games conducted in the State.
Formed in 2009, SWA has been regularly conducting State-level championship and this year they plan to organise a State-level event for school students.Bhutia expressed that they are hopeful of the State government’s support, while acknowledging Sports department and Sikkim Olympic Association for the support extended till date.  

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi