Kh­e­sar Gyalpo archery tour­na­ment fi­nals

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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.

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