HRH Prince Ji­gyel Ugyen Wangchuck re-elected unan­i­mously as the Pres­i­dent of BOC

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His Royal High­ness Prince Ji­gyel Ugyen Wangchuck, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of His Majesty the King and the Pres­i­dent of the Bhutan Olympic Com­mit­tee ( BOC) was re-elected unan­i­mously by the BOC gen­eral as­sem­bly, as the Pres­i­dent of Bhutan Olympic Com­mit­tee for the term 2015 to 2018.

The elec­tion took place at the 1st ex­tra­or­di­nary an­nual gen­eral meet­ing (AGM) at Khangkhu Re­sort in Paro.

The gen­eral as­sem­bly is the high­est de­ci­sion mak­ing body of the Bhutan Olympic Com­mit­tee. About 45 mem­bers from the Na­tional Sports Fed­er­a­tions (NSF), Dzongkhag Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (DSA), Sports As­so­ci­a­tions (SA) and Stand­ing Com­mit­tees at­tended the ex­tra­or­di­nary AGM.

HRH Prince Ji­gyel Ugyen Wangchuck thanked all the mem­bers of the BOC gen­eral as­sem­bly in plac­ing their trust and faith in him and stated that he was hum­bled by his re-elec­tion as the Pres­i­dent of the BOC. HRH stated that he would con­tinue to build upon the re­form process ini­ti­ated in his first term, and work to­wards es­tab­lish­ing an apo­lit­i­cal and demo­cratic gov­er­nance sys­tem in the sports sec­tor, to ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently de­liver sports to all.

Re­flect­ing on his first term, HRH Prince Ji­gyel Ugyen Wangchuck stated that, “although sports has now at­tained its right­ful place in the na­tional devel­op­ment agenda and is now an in­te­gral part of the 11th Five Year Devel­op­ment plan, there is still, so much that needs to be done, to cre­ate a firm foun­da­tion for a dy­namic and vi­brant sports sec­tor in Bhutan. All stake­hold­ers have to work col­lec­tively, to serve a com­mon, higher pur­pose, for the ben­e­fit of our stu­dents, ath­letes, com­mu­nity and na­tion.”

The first agenda of the AGM was the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion of the Bhutan Olympic Com­mit­tee for the year 2015-2018. Some of the other items dis­cussed and pre­sented to the mem­bers were to im­prove the BOC gov­er­nance struc­ture, ap­point­ment of elec­tion com­mit­tee for the elec­tion of the BOC ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, bud­get uti­liza­tion re­port for the fis­cal year 2014 – 2015, pre­sen­ta­tion on an­nual bud­get for fis­cal year 2015 – 2016, link­ing of the bud­get­ing and plan­ning process for DSA’s with that of the BOC & NSFs. pro­posal on reg­u­lar­iza­tion of em­ploy­ees in the sports sec­tor, af­fil­i­a­tion of nine Dzongkhag sport as­so­ci­a­tions and two sports as­so­ci­a­tions to the BOC and hand­ing over of seed money to DSAs amongst oth­ers .

“This au­gust gath­er­ing is an im­por­tant mile­stone in the his­tory of sports in Bhutan as it is the first time that all mem­bers have come to­gether to col­lec­tively dis­cusses is­sues per­tain­ing to sports in Bhutan. It is the first step to­wards es­tab­lish­ing a truly rep­re­sen­ta­tive sport gov­er­nance sys­tem to de­liver or­ga­nized sport to all Bhutanese. Fur­ther it is also a fo­rum for lead­ers and of­fi­cials in the sports sec­tor to share, learn, en­hance re­la­tion­ships, and re­flect upon how to best de­liver op­por­tu­ni­ties for all Bhutanese to par­tic­i­pate in sports, through an apo­lit­i­cal and ro­bust sports sys­tem.” Sonam Karma Tsh­er­ing, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral.

The next AGM will be held on Jan­uary, 2016 at Phuentshol­ing.

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