HRH Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck visits 17th Asian Games in Incheon
His Royal Highness Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, representative of His Majesty and the President of the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) visited the Republic of Korea for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea
and attended the opening ceremony of the Asian Games at the Asiad Main Stadium.
During the Opening ceremony, Her Excellency the President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun Hye, the President of the Olympic Council of Asia, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, the President of the International Olympic Committee Dr. Thomas Bach and the President of the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee Kin Young-Soo and other dignitaries of the Olympic fraternity also attended the Asian Games celebrations. HR Halong with the officials from the BOC attended the 33rd General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia on 20th of September, along with important sport figures from the Asian Olympic Family.
On the September 21, HRH granted an audience to 24 Bhutanese team to the 17th Asian Games at the Athletes Village in Incheon, which is by far the largest contingent from Bhutan at a major game. The Bhutanese team at the Incheon Asian Games comprises 16 athletes and 8 coaches. The participants are taking part in athletics, archery, boxing, golf, shooting, taekwondo and tennis.
In the 17th Asian Games, Bhutanese shooter Lenchu Kunzang scored 398.5 points and was ranked 47th in the Women’s 10 m rifle shooting at Ongnyeon International shooting range on September 22. An Iranian teenager Najmeh Khedmati won gold and her teammate Narjes Emamgholinejad won the silver. Chinese shooter Zhang who was disqualified was for shooting with a heavier rifle during the qualification round was eventually allowed to compete in the final after judges upheld her team’s appeal and went on to win the bronze medal. In the 10m women’s team event, China won gold, Iran silver and South Korea took Bronze.
On September 23, Bhutanese archer Choki Wangmo was ranked 55 with the total score of 1026 in the Women’s 70 m and 60 m archery in the ranking round. Kinley Tshering secured 54th scoring 1175 points in the Men’s 30m, 50m, 70m and 90m archery. Jigme Norbu and Karma Tshering secured 55th and 61st rank after scoring 1174 and 1088 points respectively in the same event. The ranking were based on the total scores from four rounds of shooting held on September 23 and 24. There were 72 men and 56 women competing in the event.
On September 24, Sigyel Phub lost to Nadir of Pakistan in 56 kg weight boxing. Tshering Wangchuk also lost to Hassan from Iraq in the 60 kg weight category. Kinley Gyelsthen too lost to Korean boxer Choe Songdon in 53 kg boxing competition.
In tennis, Tandin Wangchuk lost to Ernepesov Aleksander of Turkmenistan in straight sets on September 24.
Incheon was awarded the hosting rights on April 17, 2007, after it defeated New Delhi, India, in voting to host the Games. Incheon is the third city in South Korea after Seoul (1986) and Busan (2002) to stage the Asian Games.
Two cities Delhi (India) and Incheon (South Korea) submitted bids to host the Games, on December 2, 2006 in Doha, Qatar.