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Hill man strikes gold in body-building contest

Statesman News Service | Kurseong |

Rebesh Pradhan, a resident of Lower Dumaram Busty in Kurseong, has won a gold medal in the 58th Senior National Body Building Championship and Mr India 2018 held on 23 and 24 March in Pune.

According to the vicepresident of the Gorkhaland Body Building and Fitness Association, Sanjay Chhetri, who is also a national judge and the vice-president of the Indian Body Building & Fitness Federation, said that last year too, Mr Pradhan had participated in the same body building contest under the Association and had secured the second position in the ‘Men’s Physique.’

“However, this time, he has created history for Darjeeling Hills in body building contests by winning the gold,” Mr Chhetri said. Besides a gold medal, Mr Pradhan took home a cash prize of Rs 20,000 and a trophy.

Mr Chettri said five contestants– Chhamba Bhutia, Sami Narayan Pradhan, Sonam Tamang, Bikky Sewa and Rebesh Pradhan–had participated in the contest from Darjeeling under their association’s banner.

Meanwhile, Sami Narayan secured the 10th position, while Chhamba was placed 4th in the 65kg weight category in the Mr India Pune 2018 body building contest.

While Sonam secured the 12th place in 75 kg weight, Bikky obtained the 15th position in the 55 kg weight category. Mr Chettri said international body building judge GB Giri and national judges Tshering Lama and himself also participated in the contest from Darjeeling as judges.

He added that Om Prakash Chaurasiya and Amrit Sundas from the Hills were also there as officials of the body building contest, where Murli Kumar, (Services- Navy) from Andhra Pradesh won the champaion’s title. It may be mentioned here that Rebesh Pradhan runs a body-building institute in Siliguri.