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Tournament to foster cross-border friendship

More than 90 participants from Bhutan and India took part in the three-day tournament in Gelephu

From the high-flying smashes to the prolonged rallies and cautious net plays, the open badminton tournament that concluded on March 31 in Gelephu had it all. The competition was one of the biggest the country has witnessed so far. Elite national players including players from across the boarder were tested …

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Rain and fog stop football final

Where is the ball? Thick fog reduced the visibility

There was no winner in the finals of the Jigme Namgyel Engineering College (JNEC) open football tournament  held yesterday. The game was stopped midway through the second half because of bad weather. The match, between Sherubtse FC from Trashigang and Samdrupjongkhar FC will be played at 3pm today. To read …

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BOC aims for major sports development

Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) is planning sports development projects worth Nu 376.71 million in the current Plan period. The government has already committed Nu 57.98 million for the installation of sports infrastructures and provision of additional facilities in five dzongkhags. At BOC 4th general assembly Tuesday, Sonam Karma Tshering, general …

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Three of four wins medal

Honoured: Leki Lhadon with the gold

With Leki Lhadon awarded the right medal, gold, and Chencho Dorji winning silver yesterday, Bhutan’s record at the on-going Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi is impressive. Bhutan is represented at the Olympics by four athletes, two men and two women. Yesterday, athlete Chenco Dorji bagged the silver medal …

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Gold medal reinstated

Pelden with his gold medal

Organisers of the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi yesterday reinstated the gold medal Bhutanese athlete Pelden won on Sunday.  The decision was made following protests from Bhutanese Special Olympic coaches. Coaches protested on the grounds that the races at the Olympics were held without classifying the level of …

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Pelden wins gold, settles for bronze

It was both a good and bad day for Bhutanese athlete, Pelden yesterday. Pelden, 36, a Draktshog graduate won the gold in the 200 metres (mts) race at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games held yesterday evening in Abu Dhabi. However, as the news started reaching his relatives at home, Pelden was disqualified.

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Artificial turf in S/jongkhar earns Nu 520,000 in a year

More than 20 matches are played every month

Samdrupjongkhar Sports Association (SJSA) collected Nu 520,000 in fees from the artificial turf football ground to date after it opened in March last year. SJSA focal person, Tshering Chezom, said that although the artificial turf ground was inaugurated and opened in February last year, SJSA started collecting fees from March …

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Women national team sees improvement despite loss

A light physical session before the second game against Bangladesh later today

The senior national women’s football team lost 0-3 to host Nepal on March 12 in the ongoing South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s Championship at the Shohid Rongoshela Stadium in Biratnagar. The defeat, however, comes as an improvement for the Dragon Girls, according to team manager, Sonam Peldon. “The last time …

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Bhutan beats Afghanistan in a friendly match

Team Bhutan (women) registered their first international win

In the first international friendly basketball match, Bhutan beat Afghanistan 68-38. The International Olympic Solidarity with the Bhutan Olympic Committee organised the match to promote peace and harmony – basketball beyond borders. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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National women’s team gear up for SAFF championship

The team leaves for Nepal on March 5

The popularity of football in the country has today become a career for a handful of Bhutanese players. The name Chencho Gyeltshen has become synonymous to the game. But not many are familiar with the national women’s team skipper or any of the players. To read more, please subscribe by …

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Transport United out of AFC Cup 2019

Transport United (red) players displayed a much improved performance

Despite a spirited first-half performance, Transport Utd FC failed to capitalise on its single goal lead and conceded two goals in the second half bowing out of the AFC Cup 2019 tournament once again. Support poured in numbers at the stadium despite the cold wet weather. However, the visitors fought …

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Transport Utd counting on home advantage

The coaches and team captains at the pre-match press conference yesterday

If heat in the plains of Sri Lanka’s Racecourse International Stadium was one factor that led to the humilation of Transport United FC on February 20, the cold and thin air could help the home team to avenge the biggest defeat in the AFC Cup 2019. Tansport United lost 7-1 …

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