Ngya­goem com­pe­ti­tion to be held dur­ing 111th Na­tional Day

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Sam­ste

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.

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