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Italian coach says ciao

Football: There was a lot of fanfare about Thimphu FC hiring a former Italian football league coach before the Yanmar league began. However, the excitement was short lived. The first international coach to have been hired by a local football club left the country even before coaching a single game.

Own goal results in Druk Utd win

DSC_5859MIssed: The woodwork prevented Druk United from doubling the lead

Football: Defending champions Druk United bagged all three points in their opening match against Drukstar after a Drukstar defender scored an own goal in the third match of the Yanmar Thimphu Premier League yesterday. After a lackluster display from both sides, Drukstar’s defender Dorji headed in an own goal in the 25th minute to give the defending champions Druk United a 1-0 win. A handful of suppoters who came to witness the match at the Changlimithang stadium yelled for more goals but the teams could [... Read More]

Yanmar Thimphu league kicks off today

IMG_7794Friendly between Zongrig FC and Drukstar FC on Thursday

Rookie Thimphu FC will take on stalwart Thimphu City FC in opening game Football: Seven football clubs, most of them laden with international and national players, will fight for a spot in the national league with the Yanmar Thimphu Premier League kicking off this evening at the Changlimithang stadium. The first game of the tournament will see debutant Thimphu FC play against Thimphu City FC.  With eight national players in the squad, Thimphu City FC looks to be the strongest team in the league.  The [... Read More]

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Bhutanese Judo team bagged a gold and silver medal each and two bronze medals at the first Child Watabaran Centre Nepal (CWCN) International Judo Championship in Katmandu yesterday. A total of 11 Bhutanese participated in eight different weight categories. Tandin Wangchuk received the best player award in men’s division. The two-day competition saw 126 participants from Bhutan, Nepal and Japan.     

Teams quit tourney for want of monal-feathered arrows

Archery: The ban on the use of the Monal-feathered arrows during the traditional archery tournament has left the archery teams divided. Of 22 teams, 14 boycotted the upcoming Jigme Dorji Wangchuck memorial national tournament, at the meeting that the Bhutan Indigenous Games and Sports Association (BIGSA) called to draw up the fixture. An archer, Ugyen, said that not using the Monal-feathered arrows during such tournaments would diminish the country’s rich culture and tradition.

Japanese ex-Olympian to train local athletes

DSC_4461Dai Tamesue testing the skills of Bhutanese athletes at the track and field centre in Thimphu

BAAF: A former Japanese Olympian, Dai Tamesue, is in the country to study the athletes and train them into professional athletes. Dai Tamesue interacted with the athletes at the track and field centre in Thimphu yesterday. He intends to return in September and begin training as a full time coach following a memorandum of understanding signed between the Bhutan Olympic Committee and The Athlete Society, of which Dai Tamesue is the chairperson, on March 30. The former Olympian is planning to start training with the [... Read More]

Archers’ wings clipped to protect Monal pheasants

Use of the bird’s feathers as fletches on arrows banned to save the endangered species Wildlife: Archery may be the national sport of the country but when it comes to the strict conservation policy of the government, the national game has to compromise. The Bhutan indigenous games and sports association (BIGSA) banned the use of feathers Monal pheasants as fletches  of traditional arrows.

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Druk Yul Taekwondo Club won the first Bhutan – India taekwondo championship held at the swimming pool complex, yesterday. Seven teams from two countires took part in the tournament. Thimphu Private Taekwondo Club, Young Dragon Taekwondo Club and Chhukha dzongkhag from Bhutan and Bodoland, Darjeeling and Jaigaon represented India. The two-day championship tournament was organised by Thimphu Private Taekwondo Club to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.      

Bhutan participates in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers for the first time

IMG_4722The national team practicing at the Chang Jiji ground

Football: For the first time ever, Bhutan will play in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Sri Lanka in the preliminary round of “home” and “away.” The first match will be an “away” match on March 12 in Sri Lanka. The team will then return to play the “home” match at Changlingmithang on March 17. Ugen Tsechup Dorji, president of Bhutan Olympic Committee, thanked FIFA for financing the team for the qualifiers. “We couldn’t participate in the world cup qualifiers before because of the budget [... Read More]

18-man national squad selected

A monthly salary of Nu 10,000 a month will be paid only to those not on federation scholarships Football: The Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) has selected an 18-man new national football squad, some of who will be paid a monthly salary of Nu 10,000. The technical director, Chokey Nima, read the names of the players yesterday morning, in the presence of the players and BFF officials.  However, BFF didn’t want to share the team list. The media spokesperson, who chose not to be named, said [... Read More]

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