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Tosa Nga – The greybeards of the range

IMG_8945Kha Tashi, 64

While this team of over-60s isn’t winning games, it’s sure capturing hearts  Archery: The camouflaged Intruder compound bow is hard to draw.  But at 64, Kha Tashi, like a tough guy, draws the bow with ease and aims it with squinted eyes.  The metal arrow leaves the bow at such a speed that Tashi’s eye can hardly catch the flight.  The arrow misses the target by a few inches.  Tashi bangs the side of his right thigh to express frustration. The game is nearing its [... Read More]

Pioneer women’s team leaves for the Philippines

Basketball: A trained team of women basketball players will compete in a local basketball tournament in the Philippines this month. The 10-member team left for the two-week tournament today.  It is the first of its kind for Bhutanese women basketball players. Coach Sonam Tashi, and Lhendup Dorji, who are both freelance basketball tournament organisers, brought the team together. The two got together with a Filipino woman, Conney, who visits the country every summer and winter to help women participate in basketball camps.  Conney had extended [... Read More]

11 new records set

DSC03680Record breakers with the officials

Meet: Three events in the boys’ category and one event in girls broke the records after more than a decade in the 11th national school athletics meet that ended in the capital on July 13. Chencho Gyeltshen of Kelki higher secondary school completed the 100m-race within 11.29 seconds, breaking the record of 11.37 seconds, which was set in 2000. Chencho Gyeltshen also broke the record the 2012’s record of 24.49 seconds in the 200m-race by setting his own record at 23.16 seconds. The new record [... Read More]

Pep City crowned champions

IMG_8261The finalists: Pep City and Pep City FC

Futsal: Two sister teams, Pep City and Pep City FC competed in the finals of futsal recovery cup, season two, organised by Nazhoen Pelri Drop in Centre that began since July 1. In a closely contested match, Pep City defeated Pep City FC, 6-4 at Changlimithang ground on July 11. Pep City grabbed a 2-1 lead in the first 15 minutes and held onto the lead till the end of the first half. However, just two minutes into the second half, Pep City FC equalised. [... Read More]

First-timers on artificial turf

IMG_7822For many it was a different experience playing on the artificial turf

160 girls from six remote schools and two Thimphu schools took part in the tournament Festival: The artificial turf in Changjiji looked like a green pasture for cattle to many girls of remote schools, who are in Thimphu to participate in a girl’s football tournament. Sangay Layzom, 13, of Merak middle secondary school (MSS) in Trashigang, said looking out of the Changjiji school hostel, she thought it would be a good feast to her cattle. “I didn’t realise it was artificial grass even when I [... Read More]

Yangphel open archery tournament begins

Archery: The Yangphel Open Archery tournament began with the league round in Thimphu and nine dzongkhags yesterday. The 18th tournament has 250 teams with 1,500 archers participating this time, a drop from 267 teams or 1,602 archers last year. The national average karey has also decreased from 4.4 kareys in 2012 to 4.2 last year. Of the 250 teams, only 72 teams will progress to elimination or knockout stages that start on August 8. A total of 62 teams from the regional venues and 10 [... Read More]

Drukpol FC-4, Druk Star FC-2

IMG_7057Drukpol FC bundles in their fourth goal

Football: Drukpol FC defeated Druk Star, 4-2 to register their first three points in the third season of Coca Cola National League that began on July 2. Drukpol was leading the game 3-2, in the first half of the game. Although Druk Star emerged stronger in the second half with better ball possession, they failed to equalise .  Drukpol’s 80th minute goal sealed their victory . Meanwhile, Yeedzin FC, who finished in second position last year and Champions in 2012 failed to qualify for the [... Read More]

New Mr Bhutan crowned

20140628_195549Champion: Pema Thekchok was crowned Mr Bhutan 2014 on Saturday at the National Bodybuilding Championship (Picture courtesy: Sonam Dendup, Bhutan Bodybuilding and Weight Lifting Federation)

Bhutan to host Asian Championship in 2016 Fitness: The seventh national bodybuilding championship was filled with surprises. While the contestants were surprised by the news that Bhutan will be hosting the Asian bodybuilding championship in 2016, spectators were left amazed when Pema Thekchok beat the two time title holder, Tandin Wangchen, whom many expected to win again, to be crowned Mr Bhutan 2014 on Saturday. A few days before the event, Pema Thekchok wrote on his Facebook page to “expect the unexpected.” Pema Thekchok, 29, [... Read More]

Honduras lifts World Cup

10371507_748008658555322_1-copyWinners: Honduras celebrates the victory

In the Fan Fest tournament played at Changlimithang Football:  Honduras won the 2014 World Cup! The Central American nation beat Ecuador yesterday in the World Cup played at the Changlimithang mini ground in a seven-on-seven World Cup Fan Fest the Bhutan football federation organised. In the shortest World Cup tournament, played over the weekend, 33 teams representing the 32 nations at the World Cup in Brazil and a team representing Bhutan took part. The teams had players ranging from 17 years to in mid 50s. [... Read More]

Green to face Thimphu UTD in the final

Archery: Green Team defeated defending champion Damchen in the semifinals of the Coronation Silver Jubilee National archery tournament at Changlimithang archery range in Thimphu yesterday. With both teams completing a set each, the final set went into extra time until 7pm. That was when Green team went on to win. Having trailed by a point, before the last round, Green Team managed to scored five points to make it 21. The organiser decided for extra time. In the last three rounds, Damchen however tried best [... Read More]

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