Imphal: “Friends Fitness Gym” of Sagolband Tera Sapam Leirak, Imphal West has received overall team champion in the 60th Mr. Manipur, 2022 diamond jubilee body building competition, held at Bheigyachandra Open Air Theatre.
Friends Fitness Gym bagged eight medals in different categories including four gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals.
Engudam Kavita won gold medal and overall champion in women’s category.
In the masters category (40-50 years) Bachaspatimayum Bedakumar Sharma won gold medal while Khundrakpam Uttamkumar and Longjam Ellison Singh won gold medals in senior 70 kg and junior 70 kg categories respectively.
Pebam Ronen Meitei won silver medal in men’s senior 75 kg category; Taorem Sanatomba Singh and Wangkhem Boicha Meitei won bronze medals in men’s junior 65 kg and 70 kg respectively.
In men’s physically challenged category Tharoijam Robin stood in the 4th position in the championship.
The gym coach Mutum Dhaneshwor Singh who was awarded as best coach in Mr Manipur, 2022 said the state government with the aim to root out drugs from the state launched ‘War on drugs’ campaign. Various civil society organisations including local bodies are also supporting the campaign.
“To stay away from intoxicants including drugs and other elements, an individual need to make oneself healthy. The society should encourage the youths to enroll themselves in gyms as it not only help them physically fit but also keep mentally strong”, Dhaneshwor said.
Using drug among school going students which is reportedly increasing can be reduced if the schools colleges are made mandatory to open a gymnasium in their respective campus, he added.