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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]

More teams sign up for national league

Football: Paro United FC is the newest club to join the national league this season.  Seven teams will take part in the tournament this year – four from Thimphu and one each from Punakha, Paro, and Phuntsholing. FC Rigsum is one of the new clubs to enter the A-division level from B-division this year.  A total of 27 clubs – eight A-division, 10 B-division and nine C-division – have registered this season with Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) Competition officer with BFF, Kinley Dorji, said that [... Read More]

7-A-side Yuljong Winter Championship kicks off

Football: A “7-A-side” Yuljong Winter Championship kicked off yesterday at the Chang Jiji football ground with 10 teams participating. The tournament is organised by Paro Yuljong Futsal Club, to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The organiser said that besides generating fund for the club the tournament is aimed to promote the game of football and to engage the youths gainfully during their vacation. The tournament that was supposed to start form December 31 got postponed because only a handful [... Read More]

Jachungs wins the winter championship

DSC_2532Winners: Team Jachungs (left) and Phojas with their trophies

Basketball: Jachungs defeated Phojas 74-65 in the finals of the winter basketball championship at swimming pool complex yesterday. Jachungs took the lead by five baskets in the first quarter. Phojas defensive play in the second quarter brought the deficit to two baskets. In the third quarter, Phojas nearly closed the gap but Jachungs’ persistent play towards the end of the quarter extended the lead by three baskets. In the last quarter, Jachungs further extended the lead by nine points. His Royal Highness Dasho Jigyel Ugyen [... Read More]

Community Basketball tournament Ends

Basketball: The first community basketball championship ended yesterday with a friendly match between the three participating communities. The week-long pilot project was organised to give basic basketball training to students. A total of 30 participants took part in the championship and the participants were awarded certificates. National Basketball coach Tenzin Jamtsho said that although the number of participants was lower than what they expected, he was still happy with the outcome. “The main reason to organise this sort of tournaments is to give more importance [... Read More]

Sheikh Jamal are new King’s Cup champions

DSC_8403Champions: Sheikh Jamal of Bangladesh are the 2014 Kings’s Cup winner

King’s Cup: Bangladesh’s Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club snatched the King’s Cup trophy, their second title abroad, yesterday after beating Pune FC. MD Yeasin Khan headed Wedson Anselme’s corner in the 25th minute, what turned out to be the winner of the final match at the packed Changlimithang stadium to take home Nu 0.5M in cash prize. After taking the lead, except for occasional counter attacks, the team defended with all energy in the remaining part of the match. With blue caps and red flags, the [... Read More]

Sheikh Jamal beats Mohan Bagan 5-3

IMG_8229Goal: Wedson Anselme scores from the penalty spot for Sheikh Jamal

Both reach semi finals King’s Cup: Striker Emeka Darlington Onuoha and Darboe Landing scored a brace each as Sheikh Jamal defeated Mohan Bagan FC 5-3 in the last game of the league round of King’s Cup. Both the teams advance into the semi finals. Enjoying crowd support, Sheikh Jamal got off to a perfect start scoring in the sixth minute when Debjit Mujumnder spilled Emeka Darlington Onuoha’s powerful volley. Ten minutes later, Sheikh Jamal doubled their lead. Mid fielder Darboe Landing slid the ball under [... Read More]

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