BOC: The Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) has received Nu 276.31 million (M) for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which is 32 percent higher than last year’s budget.
Based on plans submitted by the national sports federations affiliated with BOC, the committee has allocated funds for each federation to be released on a quarterly basis.
Out of the total allocated budget, Nu 163.57M will be used as capital budget for infrastructural development of sports facilities.
Of the remaining Nu 112.74M, Nu 70M will be distributed to the various federations and dzongkhag sports associations (DSA).
The remaining Nu 42.74M will be used for general administration expenditure, which includes salaries of staff and athletes, among others.
For some federations like football and cricket, budget allocated is comparatively less, because they are also supported by their international governing bodies like FIFA and ICC.
Nu 9.6M will be used by the BOC and DSAs to carry out grassroots development sports activities in the dzongkhags.
BOC secretary general, Sonam Karma Tshering, said that one of the main aim of the committee is to promote sports outside the capital and to take larger sport events outside Thimphu.
The DSAs will be responsible for organising sports activities in their respective dzongkhags.
In the field of infrastructural development, construction of four new multi-purpose sports halls in Phuentsholing, Samdrupjongkhar, Punakha and Bumthang will start this year.
Five new artificial turfs in Mongar, Trashigang, Samdrupjongkhar, Phuentsholing and Bumthang will also be constructed.
Other infrastructural development will include a building that will house the amateur athletic federation at the synthetic track at Lungtenzampa, reconstruction of the Changlimithang stadium and remodeling of rooms inside it for optimum usage. Around 7,200 chairs will be placed in the galleries in the stadium.
The Indian government is providing financial support for the construction works.
By Younten Tshedup