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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]

Yangphel Open knockout begins today

Archery: Elimination matches for the 18th Yangphel Open archery tournament begin today between 12 teams at both archery ranges in Changlimithang. Six teams will play in the morning and another six after lunch for 15 rounds.  From the 12 teams, four will qualify for the quarterfinals. There are 72 teams, who have qualified out of 250 teams from across the country for the elimination shootout.  The elimination round ends on August 13. Off the 72 teams, only 24 will qualify for the semi-finals and another [... Read More]

Thimphu A dominates Taekwondo championship

IMG_0374Winners of the local club

Taekwondo: Thimphu team A bagged 10 gold medals in the first international taekwondo championship held from July 31 to August 2. Seven taekwondo clubs- four from India and three from Bhutan- competed in the championship divided into 10 categories at the Thimphu swimming pool complex. Thimphu A teams scored 73 points after winning 10 gold and three bronze medals. Bodoland Taekwondo Club from neighbouring Assam, India came second with  four gold, three silver and two bronze, which bagged them 39 points. Another local club, Thimphu [... Read More]

Drukpol thrashed Bhutan Clearing 6-1

Football: Drukpol FC striker Jigme Drakpa scored four goals as they thrashed Bhutan Clearing 6-1 in the ongoing Coca Cola national league at Changlimithang yesterday. With only 21 minutes gone, striker Jigme Drakpa applied a neat finished to a cross from his strike partner to take the lead. The speed and combination of the strikers left Bhutan Clearing goalie puzzled and helpless. Jigme Drakpa doubled the lead in the 31st minute after a solo effort. He got on to the ball kicked from the central [... Read More]

New highest karey a day scorer

ArcheryPhub Dorji

Archery: The highest karey in the 45 rounds title could go to Phub Dorji from Tshering Meto if he can hit 14 times in 15 rounds in the final match at the regional level today. After 45 rounds, teams go in to elimination rounds played in the capital. He already holds the one-day highest karey record in the first 15 rounds or in a day. In the past 30 rounds, Phub Dorji has hit 33 kareys, 14 short of breaking the record. On the first [... Read More]

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