Ngyagoem competition to be held during 111th National Day
For a change, Bhutanese audience will be treated to first of its kind Strong Women (Ngyagoem) Competition during the 111th National Day celebrations in Samtse where three finalists will contest in a show of physical strength and stamina.
Of the15 women contestants who took part in the competition, the top three will contend in the finals to take home the title of the Strongest Woman.
An Executive Producer of Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS), who organizes the Ngagoey competition, Pem Tshering, said there will be two events to select the winner unlike for men.
The female competitors will be assessed for their ability to lift 78 kilogram tyre and lifting four sand bags each weighing 25, 35, 45 and 55 kilos, which has to be placed on the logs.
A mother of two, Ganga Maya Sharma, is one of the finalists from Phuentshopelri Gewog in Samtse. “There’s nothing a woman cannot do if provided the platform,” she says. “We have heard only about the strongest man competition so far, but we can also compete amongst ourselves. Such competition has motivated young women.”
Another contestant, Tshering Wangmo, 29, is from Yoeseltse Gewog in Samtse. Excited and confident, the mother of two said women too possess physical abilities and this competition allows women to showcase their strength.
“We can represent woman in any arena as it has been happening in other fields,” she said. “We have this opportunity to prove our abilities.”
Tshering Wangmo stood first in the first round of competition held this year. “I am very confident to win,” she said.
Chabi Maya, 40, is the oldest contestant among the three finalists. She came third in the primary round among 15 contestants.
“I am really excited to take part in the competition,” she says. ““It is a great platform where I can show my talent and strength in front of Their Majesties. I consider myself very fortunate for getting this opportunity.”
Ngyagoem Competition will be an annual event organized by BBS.