Mongar’s strongest man
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.”