Mon­gar’s strong­est man

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A fter go­ing through ex­cru­ci­at­ing phases of the com­pe­ti­tion, Ugyen Dorji won the cov­eted ti­tle of Nya-goe in Mon­gar on Wed­nes­day. He will rep­re­sent the Dzongkhag in the Na­tional Nya­goe cham­pi­onship to be held on Novem­ber 11.

“I can’t be­lieve I’ve done it,” said the win­ner. “All six con­tes­tants were hope­ful to win.”

He said there are many Nya-goe hope­fuls from Mon­gar. Some have even par­tic­i­pated in ear­lier com­pe­ti­tions and some as­pire to get into the com­pe­ti­tion.

But only the strong pre­vails. Con­tes­tants must flex and squeeze their mus­cle to pass through all the stages of com­pe­ti­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion has var­i­ous cat­e­gories of test­ing the strength of the con­tes­tants.

“Car­ry­ing 100kg sand bag was not com­pli­cated but car­ry­ing a pair of tyres weigh­ing 130kg was the most chal­leng­ing task. Cut­ting the log was pain­less but car­ry­ing the log of 115 kg was dif­fi­cult,” de­scribed the win­ner of the tasks con­tes­tants had to pass.

“Cut­ting and car­ry­ing logs fits our daily work at home but car­ry­ing tyres that weighs so heavy was not easy as we thought,” said 26-year old Pema Lo­day, who also par­tic­i­pated.

Only two con­tes­tants com­pleted the en­tire tasks.

“Ev­ery task is sup­posed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, ev­ery­one would do it. The hard is what makes it great,” said the 37-year old run­ner-up, Lobzang Kinga.

Thou­sands of spec­ta­tors in­clud­ing stu­dents had come to wit­ness the event held at the Mon­gar public ground. Dasho Dzon­grab graced the con­test wish­ing all com­peti­tors to do their best.

But it was 35-year old Ugyen from Tsakaling who out­paced all his ri­vals and took home Nu 15,000 prize.

Phub Dorji, 90-year old, from Gele­phu said, “I don’t know whether our youth en­joy the sport but I love to watch Nya-goe Dend­hur.”

There were some youth who liked to watch the sport on TV.

Kin­ley Dorji, a stu­dent, said, “I love watch­ing Nya­Goe and we of­ten im­i­tate the game of Nya-goe but with smaller tyres.”

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