Finals of Mewang Gyalsey Archery Tournament 2017
On 8th February 2017, His Royal Highness Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck graced the grand finale of Mewang Gyalsey Archery Tournament 2017 by using compound bow and arrow (Yengphel Style which was organized by the Office of the Gyaltshab, Gyalpozhing, Mongar as part of commemoration of the 1st Birth of His Royal Highness Jigme Namgyel Wangchuk).
The programme started with offering of Chhoemey at the Altar where Portraits of Their Majesties and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey stand and Zhabten (longevity prayers) to His Majesty the King and Zhabten to His Royal Highness The Gyalsey. A variety of cultural programs including unique traditional songs and dances of six eastern Dzongkhags were participated.
A total of 140 teams of archers from 20 Dzongkhags participated in the league round of the tournament held in 11 Dzongkhags from 12th -21st January 2017. 39 teams took part in the knockout round and 27 in quarter finals held at Gyalpozhing, Mongar from 27th January 2017 to held at 4th February 2017. Semi finals were held at Gyalpozhing, Mongar on 5th February 2017 coinciding with the 1st Birth Anniversary of HRH The Gyalsey.
There were 15 rounds in the grand finale, Samtse Dzongkhag team took away the winner’s cash price of Nu. 300,000/and trophy- one Chhana Dorje (Vajrapani) statue each to the players. Toeb United from Punakha Dzongkhag received the 2nd runners-up’s cash prize of Nu. 240,000/and Trophy-one Chhana Dorji (Vajrapani) statue each to the players. Good Boys from Paro Dzongkhag received the 2nd Runners-Up’s Cash Price of Nu 180,000/- and Trophy-one Chhana Dorji (Vajrapani) statue each to the players
In the additional, six other cash prizes of Nu. 10,000-20,000 for the best archer of the tournament, final’s most valuable player, best one day highest league score, highest dobji, ighest Bull’s Eye and highest baa-kor were awarded.
On the sideline, His Royal Highness The Gyaltshab graced the opening of 1- day Mewang Gyalsey Nachhung athletics for under – 12 years age students organized at Gyalpozhing in dedication to His Royal Highness The Gyalsey on His Royal Highness’ 1st Birth Anniversary. The students of six Schools under Monger Dzongkhag also offered their pledges to His Royal Highness The Gyalsey in the presence of His Royal Highness The Gyaltsab.
Pledges offered by students to read at least 15 books in 2017 academic year, to respect, be helpful and kind and always abide by rules and strive for the best
His Royal Highness The Gyaltsab also granted Tokha to the gathering including Lam Netens and monks of six eastern Dzongkhags, Members of parliament from six Dzongkhags, Dzongkdags, and other Dzongkhag officials and Local Government Members of six Dzongkhags, armed forces, civil servants, businessmen, students, employees of regional agencies, participants and farmers from six eastern Dzongkhags, who were attending the tournament and the then ongoing fair carnival.
The programme ended with offering of Tshogchhang to His Royal Highness The Gyaltsab, award of prizes and Tashi Labey.
His Royal Highness Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck awarded prizes to the winners of Mewang Gyalsey Archery Tournament 2017.