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King’s Cup – Bhutan duo, underdogs

Nine teams, from India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Thailand, plus the home two, are in the field this year Football: Local team Druk United is up against a formidable opponent when the King’s Cup kicks off on November 15, but they will relish the challenge of playing against the Bangladesh national league champion, Sheikh Jamal. “We want to win the Cup,” team captain, Karun Gurung said. “Football is an unpredictable game. We’re keeping our hopes high to win the tournament.” Given the quality of teams participating [... Read More]

Bhutan to face Nepal, today

unnamed-9The women national team at the opening ceremony

SAFF: Bhutan’s national women football team will face Nepal today, opening its campaign for the third edition of South Asain Football Federation  (SAFF) Women’s Championship, held at Jinnah Sports complex, Islamabad, Pakistan. The women national football team has undergone rigorous training in Bangkok, Thailand before leaving for Pakistan. The Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) has arranged a Thai football coach to help prepare the team for the tournament. In the opening match, yesterday, host country, Pakistan lost to Sri Lanka 1-2. Pakistani women dominated the game [... Read More]

King’s cup is back again

kings-cupMMC, a Nepalese club won the cup last year (Photo: BFF)

Football: Popular football clubs from the region including two from Thailand will be competing for the King’s Cup at Changlimethang stadium starting November 15. Nine elite football clubs from Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan are participating. “Compared with last year, the teams are far superior and King’s cup has become one of the prestigious trophy in the region,” the general secretary of Bhutan Football Federation, Ugyen Wangchuk said adding all the teams are champions in their own countries. Last’s King’s cup recorded more than 30,000 [... Read More]

Picture story

Team Crackjack (yellow) beat Thimphu Basketball Club on the last day of league round of the Queens Cup basketball tournament at the Swimming pool complex yesterday. In the quarter finals today team Phojas plays against Wizards, Drukpas versus Takins, and team Jachung takes on Jumpers. Thimphu Basketball Club confronts Pazaps, the winners of pool C. A total of 19 teams participated in the tournament organised by Clover Events and Entertainment which began on October 11 and ends this Saturday. The winner takes home Nu 30,000, [... Read More]

21 trained in AFC coaching course

DSC_2033In session: Participants practice at the artificial turf in Changjiji

Football: The Asian Football Federation’s (AFC) ‘C’ certificate coaching course for football coaches from across country ends today in Thimphu. Organised by the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), the course started on October 10. BFF’s technical director, Chokey Nima, said the course is expected to groom more capable coaches to enhance the game for young players. Chokey Nima said participants were taught basic football coaching in theory and practical every day. To be certified by AFC, participants have to obtain a minimum of 70 percent and [... Read More]

Bhutan archers to participate in 17th Asian Games

IMG_5697Gearing up: The four archers at the practice session

Archery: The national archery team will leave on September 11 to contest the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Three boys and a girl will represent the country at the games from September 19 to October 4.  Bhutan is taking part in the archery event. The team will halt at Bangkok to train for five days. The 2014 Asian Games, officially known as the XVII Asia, is the largest sporting event in Asia, governed by the Olympic Council of Asia. Forty-five countries are taking part in 439 events [... Read More]

Tour of the Dragon flags off on Sept 6

More than 30 bikers are participating in the race Cycling: More than four international bike racers are joining some 30 bikers from the country to participate in one of the most challenging bike races, the Tour of the Dragon on September 6. The fifth tour of the Dragon will cover 255.5 kilometers in bike race calculations and would bike in elevations ranging from 1,200 to 3,340 meters crossing four mountain passes before reaching the capital in a day. The race flags off at 2am from [... Read More]

Expat players need work permit to avail visa

Football: To make the Coca Cola football tournament attractive, Bhutan Football Federation’s vice president, Hishey Tshering, who is also the club manager for Thimphu City, tried to bring in a player from the English premier league last May. However, he was not successful, as he was unable to avail a visa for the player.  Hishey Tshering said it was difficult to bring in players from abroad because of the immigration rules. The situation is not likely to change, as home minister Damcho Dorji, in the [... Read More]

Bhutan seeking second win at Olympiad

Ranked 170 in the world, this is the first time the country is taking part in an international tournament Chess: Despite not being able to achieve a second win in the ongoing Chess Olympiad, being held in Tromso, Norway, so far, team Bhutan is confident of achieving a second international win before the tournament ends. In round six, Arab state of Oman (rank 116) defeated Bhutan on all four boards.  In round seven, the British crown dependency of Jersey (rank 153) again beat Bhutan on [... Read More]

9-man Druk United put four across Bhutan Clearing

IMG_0667Defenders: Bhutan Clearing players (blue) deny Druk United from scoring

Football: Druk United’s nine-man team thrashed Bhutan Clearing 4-0 at the end of the first round of the Coca Cola’s Bhutan national league on August 6. Defender Ugyen Tsheten from Druk United broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute, when he scored the first goal of the match.  Six minutes later, Chencho Gyeltshen headed home a neat cross and scored the second goal. However, Ugyen Tsheten was shown a red card when his kick landed on the leg of Bhutan Clearing’s left wing in a [... Read More]

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