HRH Ji­gyel Ugyen Wangchuck vis­its 17th Asian Games in In­cheon

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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.

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