Gyalshing, 29 July (IPR): The 38th National Arm Wrestling Championship kicked off here at auditorium of Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Gyalshing.
The two-daylong championship is organized by All Sikkim Arm Wrestling Association (ASAWA) under the aegis of Arm Wrestling Federation of India (AWFI). It is for the first time that the State of Sikkim is hosting the National level Arm Wrestling Championship.
The inaugural day of the championship was attended by Mr. D.B. Gurung (Chairman, State Bank of Sikkim) as chief guest along with D.C. (West), Mr. Karma R. Bonpo; President of AWFI, Mr. E.R. Shankar Bhagawati; Vice President (AWFI), Mr. Ganesh Subba; President of ASAWA, Mr. Lhendup Dorjee Bhutia; Chief Youth Convener, Mr. Janak Kr. Gurung, and other association dignitaries.
A large numbers of participant from the States of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Kerela and the host State Sikkim are competing against each other in the championship. The championship in various categories of arm wrestling was conducted today.
President, ASAWA, Mr. Lhendup Dorjee Bhutia, expressed that arm wrestling is in nascent stage in Sikkim and there is a need of development of technique and knowledge among the Sikkimese participants about the game. However, he maintained that the ongoing National level championship held in the State could be a turning point for the arm wrestlers of Sikkim who want to know more about the arm wrestling techniques.
“It is good to see the Sikkimese arm wrestlers who are new to arm wrestling giving a tough competition to already established and skilled arm wrestlers from other States. I assume that Sikkim has a bright future in arm wrestling in near future,” he added.
Mr. Bhutia informed that ASAWA is playing an active role to promote and popularize arm wrestling in Sikkim and the objective of organizing the national level arm wrestling championship in Sikkim is part of promoting arm wrestling in Sikkim. ASAWA wants to involve more numbers of youth in arm wrestling through creation of necessary platform for the youth, he added.
President, AWFI, Mr. E.R. Prahlad Sankar Bahagawati, in his brief address appreciated the effort of ASAWA for promotion of arm wrestling in the state of Sikkim. He said popularity of arm wrestling in the world sporting arena is growing up gradually and people of Sikkim are taking up arm wrestling keenly as a beneficial sporting activity.
Describing the future of Sikkim as bright in arm wrestling, Mr. Bhagawati praised the interests shown by the Sikkimese arm wrestlers and the effort being put up by the state for promotion of the sport.
“Popularity of arm wrestling is growing up in Sikkim. We just need involvement of more numbers of youth for development and promotion of arm wrestling in the State,” he said.
He maintained that sporting activities play a constructive role for formation of strong, disciplined and moral society. He maintained that making the youth part of sports based activities for healthy living has become a necessary of the time.
It was reported that the final matches of the championship will be played on Tuesday.