Tika, a driver by profession, had represented the state as part of the Sikkim State Body Building Association and was accompanied to the championship by two other colleagues, Arun Gurung (Mr Sikkim 2014) and Navin Pradhan (former Mr Sikkim).
Arun and Navin had competed in the under-65 kg category, while Tika had opted for the under-60 kg class.
“I am very happy to have finished among the top 10 and will improve further to win the Eastern India Championship. I believe my hard work and dedication has paid off and I am grateful to all members of my association, especially Navin Pradhan, for guiding and training me throughout and SSBBA chief coach IB Gurung as well for his endless support. I also thank the Rhenock Health Club where I train each day,” said Tika.
Gurung said, “It bodes well for our association as Tika has made the state as well as the SSBBA proud. The senior national championship is a tough competition and Tika has proved that despite being a driver and faced with several challenges, a person can reach his goal if he is determined and dedicated.”