Marking the inauguration of a multi-sports hall in Babena, Thimphu, the finals of Bhutan Elisa Cup, a table tennis championship was held at the complex yesterday.
Bhutan Table Tennis Federation in collaboration with Korean Sports promotion Organisation (KSPO) and Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) organised the tournament for beginners.
The championship was held as a talent hunt programme to select young players, where Jigme Norbu from Rinchen Kuenphen Primary School won the boys’ category and Sonam Choki Tamang from Changangkha Middle Secondary School won the girls’ category.
Sixty-nine students below the age of 13 competed in the championship played that was played over five days.
The President of Bhutan Olympic Committee, HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, officials from the KSPO, Korean Culture, Sports, and Tourism ministry, BOC, and from the national sports federation took part in the opening of the multi-sports complex.
Chairman with KSPO, Jo Jaegi, said the multi-sports complex is expected to enhance the country’s competitiveness in sports and lead to higher scores in international competitions.
KSPO supported with USD 60,000 for the construction of the multi-sports complex.
The sports hall has an indoor basketball court, badminton court and volleyball courts of international standards.
In 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck and the Bhutanese delegation met with Elisa Lee, a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Korea. Elisa Lee, who is also a former world table tennis champion, expressed her willingness to support the development of sports in the country.
The multi-sports complex constructed on a six-acre land was leased from Thimphu Thromde. The construction began in September 2016.