Largest ever Bhutanese athletes contingent joins 17th Asian Games

His Royal Highness, Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, representative of His Majesty and President of Bhutan Olympic Committee is at Incheon, South Korea along with the 16 Bhutanese athletes and eight coaches for the 17th Asian Games.

The 16 athletes which is the largest group from Bhutan at a major game will compete in seven sport disciplines in athletics, archery, boxing, golf, shooting, taekwondo, and tennis from

September 22 to 29.

On September 19, on the opening ceremony of 17th Asian games at Asiad Main Stadium, the athletes were officially welcomed featuring the raise of national flags, singing the national anthem. There were also cultural performances igniting the culture and traditions of Korea.

The President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun Hye, the President of the Olympic Council of Asia Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, the President of the International Olympic Committee Dr. Thomas Bach and the President of the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee Mr. Kin Young Soo and other dignitaries of the Olympic fraternity also attended the Asian Games celebrations.

On September 21, His Royal Highness, Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck granted an audience to the Bhutanese athletes and coaches at the Atheletes Village in Incheon.

In the women’s 10 m air rifle shooting competition, held on September 22 at the Ongnyeon International shooting, Bhutan’s Lenchu Kunzang scored 398.5 points and ranked 47th position in the competition.

The Iranian teenager Najmeh Khedmati won gold and her team-mate Narjes Emamg holinejad won the silver and Chinese shooter Zhang took the bronze.

In the 10 m women’s team event, China won the gold, Iran took silver and bronze by South Korea. There were 54 shooters from 35 Asian countries.

On September 23 and 24, in the 70m and 60m women’s archery competition, Choki Wangmo ranked 55th. Kinsley Tshering, Jigme Norbu and karma Tshering who competed in the 90m and 70m ranked 54, 55 and 61con-secutively. There were 72 men and 56 women competing in the archery event.

On September 24, in the boxing event, Boxer Sigyel Phub, who competed for the 56 weight category lost to the Nadir of Pakistan and Tshering Wangchuk, in 60 kg lost to Hassan of Iraq.

In 56 weight category boxing, Boxer Kinsley Gyeltshen lost to Korean Boxer Choe Songdon and Boxer Tasha Norbu will fight against the world gold medalist from Iran.

Golfer Dechen scored two in his first day of the four days competition. He will be playing three more days, thenafter the total scores will declare the ranking. In tennis front, Tandin Wangchuk lost to Ernepesov Aleksandr of Turkmenistan in two straight sets on September 24.

The 2014 Asian Games, known as XVII Asaid will end on October 4. The Asian games will host 439 events in 36 sports disciplines, including the 28 Olympic Sports and 8 nonolympic sports.

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