13th National School Athletics Meet
The Department of Youth and Sports under the Ministry of Education organized the 13th National School Athletics Meet at National Athletics Track, Thimphu from 5th July that concluded yesterday.
Over the five days, approximately 400 students and 26 escorts across the country participated in the track and field events besides other educational programs. It is one of the biggest youth sports events and participated by outstanding students who were selected from the records submitted by the 20 Dzongkhags/ Thromdes.
The National School Athletics Meet is a part of the School Sports Program that is conducted annually under the patronage of the government and in particular the Ministry of Education to help the youth grow into healthy, responsible and productive citizens.
The Director General, Department of Youth and Sports under Ministry of Education said, “We are confident that the various programs and activities conducted by the Department would go a long way in facilitating youth in living a healthy and enriching life.” he stated.
During the five day events the participants has competed in 13 dif- ferent tracks, throwing and jumping field. In additional, the participants were also visited the historical places of Dechenphu, Pangrizampa, Kuenselphodrang and Memorial Chorten. Besides, they had talk on health and spiritual, talent show and social night for both the boys and girls. The programs were arranged during the mornings and evening to engage the participants meaningfully.
The Games and sports Division under the (GSD) was established to promote organized sports and physical activities (SPA) in school to foster holistic development of youth. Since the year 2000, the GSD has been promoting organized SPA in collaboration with various stakeholders engaging large number of youths in different SPA activities with the generous support from the government.
It also helps Bhutan Amateur Athletic Federation to select potential students as national athletics to represent the country at the regional and international levels. The records are complied and shared with all the relevant agencies.
The organization of event is not only expected to enhance physical fitness and wellbeing of youth but also motivate others to take part in sports and physical activities. Moreover, it provides children to showcase their talents enrich experience and build solidarity among the youth in Bhutan.
The Bhutan Amateur athletic Federation (BAAF) was technically supported to conduct the competitions at the National Athletics Track at Lungtenzampa.
The Minister for Education Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk awarded prizes and certificates to the winner’s yesterday afternoon.
Today, sports and physical activities have been instituted as an annual program and are participated by all schools across the country.