13th Na­tional School Ath­let­ics Meet

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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.

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