Despite ranking last in the 12th edition of the South Asian Games, Bhutanese athletes could bring home 16 medals in three different sports disciplines making it the highest number of medals that Bhutanese athletes have ever won.
The last time that the Bhutanese athletes won many medals was in the 8th edition of the South Asian Games, which was hosted in Kathmandu, Nepal.
During that time Bhutanese athletes bagged 14 medals including one gold medal.
In this edition of SAGs held in Guwahati and Shillong Bhutanese athletes’ bagged one silver and fifteen bronze in archery, taekwondo and boxing.
Bhutanese archers won one silver and four bronze medals with nine bronze medals in taekwondo and two bronze medals in boxing.
Though Bhutanese athletes could bring home 16 medals in this edition of the South Asian Games, none of the athletes could bag gold.
Seven boxers, four judokas, four shooters, twelve archers, five athletes, thirteen taekwondo players, five badminton players and three tennis players took part in this special edition of the South Asian Games.
The 12th edition of South Asian Games saw about 4,500 participants including around 2600 athletes from 8 South Asian countries in 22 sports disciplines.
India dominated this year’s edition medal tally with 308 medals, which includes 188 gold, 90 silver and 30 bronze.
The 12 day sporting event concluded on 16th of February, with 40 new records being set.
The first edition of the South Asian Games was held in 1984 at Kathmandu, Nepal and the 13th edition will be hosted in this country as well.