After fine performances by Manipur bodybuilders at the recently concluded 51st Asian Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Championship 2017, Korea five bodybuilders from the state have been again selected to represent India in 9th WBPF World Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Championship 2017 which will be held at Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. The championship will be held from October 2 to 9, 20197 under the aegis of the World Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Federation (WBPF).
The five bodybuilders of the All Manipur Gymnasium Welfare Association were selected by the Indian Body Builders Federation (IBBF). The five bodybuilders are: Thingbaijam Sarita (women’s below 55kg), Kongbrailatpam Rebita (women’s above 55kg), Leitanthem Dinesh (junior men’s below 70kg), Laitonjam Rishikanta (junior men’s above 70kg) and Chandam Indra (master men’s above 60kg). Nepram Kishan has also been selected as the official of the championship. Manipur bodybuilders have been one of the top contenders for Indian team at international arena.
In the recently concluded 51st Asian Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Championship 2017 held in Korea, Laitonjam Rishikanta won gold medal junior men’s above 70kg while Leitanthem Dinesh and Thingbaijam Sarita won silver and bronze medals in their respective categories. Thingbaijam Sarita and Kongbrailatpam Rebita had earlier won bronze medals in the previous editions of world championships.
It may be mentioned that the number of Manipur bodybuilders in the championship may increase as the bodybuilders staying outside the state may represent India. Pramot Meetei of the CRPF will also represent India in the championship. Arambam Boby will be aiming his 6th world title in the championship as he has won his 5 world championships titles.