SAG: Team Bhutan will receive five more medals from taekwondo athletes who managed to put up an impressive show at the 12th South Asian Games on February 13 and 14 in Shillong, India.
In a thrilling match between Bhutan’s Ngawang Yonten and Ijaz Ahmed of Pakistan, Ngawang defeated much-taller Ijaz in the tie breaker round yesterday at the Neighrihms indoor stadium in Shillong.
In an equally contested match, Ngawang Yonten, who was trailing by two points in the final round, got back in the game to equalize 10-10. With support from hundreds of audience at the stadium, Ngawang delivered a deciding sidekick to win the game and to qualify into the semi finals of the championship.
A very emotional coach, Pem Choki, was overwhelmed by Yonten’s debut appearance in an international competition, said: “As expected, my team played exceptionally well today and won some medals. We hope to do well in our next games scheduled on February 15.”
Similarly, Biju Pradhan defeated Abdul Wali Akrami of Afghanistan to qualify into the semi finals and confirming a bronze medal for the team.
However, both Ngawang and Biju were defeated in the semi finals in the evening.
On February 13, Doten Dorji, Karma Wangmo and Sonam Penjor also managed to win a bronze each.
With four more fights to play, Pem Choki is hopeful that her players will be bringing some more medals home.
Meanwhile, in the boxing competition, Tshering Wangchuk and Tashi Norbu were defeated by India and Pakistan yesterday in Shillong. However, both managed to win a bronze each by reaching the semi finals of the competition.
As of today Bhutan have won a total of 12 medals, which is double what the team managed in the last South Asian Games.
Team archery won one sliver and four bronze medals. With four games still to play in the afternoon today, taekwondo currently has contributed five bronze and Bhutanese boxers n two more bronze medals.
The Bhutanese judokas will also be competing today the Jawaharlal Nehru Complex in Shillong. Bhutan Judo Association’s General Secretary, Sonam Dorji, said that he is positive and that his team hopes to bring home some medals from the competition.