Khesar Gyalpo archery tournament finals
The Grand Finale, Khesar Gyalpo Archery Tournament 2015 was held last Friday at Gyalpozhing, Mongar. His Royal Highness Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, accompanied by Ashi Yeatso Lhamo, graced the function which was telecast live on Bhutan Broadcasting Service television starting from 8: 30 am. The programme started with Lhabsang Thruesoel, offering of Chhoemey at the Altar where Portraits of His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo and His Majesty Fourth Druk Gyalpo stand, offering Zhabten ( longevity prayers) to His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and Cultural Programme by students of Gyelpozhing Higher Secondary School & Kurichu Lower Secondary School, staff of Kuri Hydropower Plant, people of Saling Gewog and other nearby communities.
Khesar Gyalpo Archery Tournament 2015, the first of its kind to be initiated by the Office of the Gyaltshab, had been organized to commemorate the 60th Birth Anniversary of our beloved Fourth Druk Gyalpo, to preserve and further promote Bhutan’s national sport of Archery ( using traditional bow and arrow) as part of our rich tradition and unique cultural heritage and to provide platform for interaction among the people from different villages, Gewogs, Dzongkhags and background
Khesar Gyalpo Archery Tournament 2015 was first held at Dzongkhag level from 16th30th September 2015 wherein each team comprising of 8 players from every Gewog ( a total of 560 local people from 70 Gewogs) in six Dzongkhags participated. A cash prizes, Nu. 10,000.00/- for one day’s highest Dobje and Nu. 15,000.00/for one day’s highest Karey, were awarded in the Dzongkhag Level Tournament held in all six eastern Dzongkhags. The Winner and the 1st Runners- up at the Dzongkhag Level Archery Tournament took part in the Quarter Final and Semi- final tournaments held at Gyalpozhing, Mongar from 14th- 20th October 2015.
The tournament was organized as a humble tribute to the commemoration of the 60th Birth Anniversary of our beloved monarch, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. It provided a platform where particularly the people in six eastern Dzonkhags could pay their heartfelt respect, love and eternal gratitude to the visionary Monarch for His selfless sacrifice and service to the nation and people. The event also gave an opportunity for people from different Gewogs and different walks of life to come and enjoy together, interact with one another, learn from each other, gain exposure and build brotherhood, love and Tha- Damtshi.
The tournament, which was held using our traditional bow and arrow, would also contribute immensely towards preservation and further promotion Bhutan’s national sport of Archery as well as our rich tradition and unique cultural heritage which are the indispensable elements of our national identity.
His Royal Highness the Gyaltshab also granted Tokha to more than 3500 people including Lams Netens, members of Parliament from Mongar Dzongkhag, Dzongdags, Dzongkhag Tshogdu Thridzins, heads of Regional Office/ Agencies in Mongar, Gups Teachers and students of Gyelpozhing Higher Secondary Schools and Kurichu Lower Secondary School, business communities, and people of Gyalpozhing locality and nearby villages. The families of Kurichhu Hydropower Plant, Gups of 17 Gewogs in Mongar Dzongkhags and business communities of Gyalpozhing, Mongar and Lingmethnag offered Tshogchhang to HRH the Gyaltshab.
There were 15 rounds. Orong Gewog, Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag took away the Winner’s Trophy ( Karmey Kom) and cash prize of Nu. 3,60,000.00/-. Ngatshang Gewog, Mongar Dzongkhag received the 1st Runners- up’s Trophy and Nu. 2,80,000.00/- and followed by Lumang Gewog, Trashigang Dzongkhag the 2nd Runners- up’s Trophy and Nu. 2,00,000.00/-. 27- year- old Damcho Wangdi of Orong Gewog, Samdrup Jongkhar hit 4 Kareys, the highest of the day, and took away the Man of the Match’s prize, a separate sum of Nu. 15,000.00/-.
The programme ended with offering of Tshogchang to HRH by the local communities, award of prizes and Tashi Lebey.