Ex-ace bodybuilder in the hills over

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Giri, a certified international bodybuilding judge, also coached the Indian team for the Asian Bodybuilding Championship in Sri Lanka in 1985.



Vivek Chhetri

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Darjeeling

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Posted on 11.22.21, 01:35 AM


Ganesh Bahadur Giri, better known as Ganu Giri, who is credited with being the pioneer of bodybuilding in the region, took his last breath in Darjeeling on Sunday. He was 85 years old.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed his condolences for his disappearance.

Giri, a certified international bodybuilding judge, also coached the Indian team for the Asian Bodybuilding Championship in Sri Lanka in 1985.

The Darjeeling bodybuilder was a globetrotter in his heyday, judging events across the world, from France to Iraq, Singapore to Taiwan.

In Darjeeling, he is credited with organizing the first Mr Darjeeling, Mr Himalaya and Strong Man bodybuilding competitions in 1965.

Giri got into the sport in 1953 and founded a gymnasium at Gorkha Dukha Niwarak Sammelan Hall in 1955.

Giri wore many hats. He was also a state level volleyball referee and also served as president of the trade body Pathpasala Sangh for 28 years.

“In addition to his fame as a bodybuilder, trainer and judge, he was an active social worker who had also cremated unclaimed bodies. He also starred in a few Nepalese plays and films, ”a family source said.

Giri was awarded the Sikkim Samman Prize from the Government of Sikkim in 2004 and the Banga Ratna from the Government of Bengal in 2020.

Mamata, who expressed her condolences to the bereaved family, tweeted: “Saddened by the passing of Ganesh Bahadur Giri, famous international bodybuilder and international judge of the World Body Building Federation. He was winner of the Banga Ratna Prize. Our deepest condolences to his family, loved ones and fans. “

The funeral will be in Darjeeling at 1 p.m. on Monday.

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