Two Bhutanese ath­letes to par­tic­i­pate for the first time in Asian Par­a­lympic Games

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The Bhutan Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee (BPC) led the Bhutanese del­e­ga­tion to 3rd the Asian Para Games be­ing held in Jakarta-Palem­bang, In­done­sia from the 6th to the 13th of Oc­to­ber, 2018.

Since the es­tab­lish­ment of the Bhutan Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee, two ath­letes will rep­re­sent Bhutan for the first time ever at the Asian Par­a­lympic Games. The para archer will com­pete in the 70 me­ters wheel­chair re­curve archery and the para shooter will com­pete in the 10 me­ter wheel­chair air ri­fle shoot­ing.

Pema Rigsel, 30-yearold para archer said, “Since this is my first in­ter­na­tional games, my as­pi­ra­tion is to bring medal for the coun­try.”

“If you are phys­i­cally chal­lenged, your dream of be­com­ing a sports­man is far from be­ing over,” Pema, who is from Thimphu, be­lieves.

Fol­low­ing a head surgery five years ago, Pema Rigsel’s life changed for­ever.

The lower half of his body had be­come paral­ysed.

“I thought it’s all over. I thought there is no way out.”

When Bhutan Archery Fed­er­a­tion came knock­ing he jumped at the chance for a change.

“This chance to be­come a sports­man makes me happy. The of­fi­cials en­cour­age me to train hard by say­ing I can make a liv­ing out of the sport for the rest of my life.”

Bhutan Archery Fed­er­a­tion’s Na­tional Coach, Tashi Tsh­er­ing said they want to give equal op­por­tu­nity to all.

The ini­tia­tive to in­clude phys­i­cally-chal­lenged peo­ple started, this year.

Tashi Tsh­er­ing said they just have a few phys­i­cally-chal­lenged in­di­vid­u­als train­ing with them.

“We will as­sess their fit­ness and see if they can go for­ward with the train­ing.”

The Par­a­lympic Games give op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­di­vid­u­als, with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties, live their dream.

Held af­ter ev­ery Olympic Games, it is an in­ter­na­tional sports fes­ti­val for ath­letes with dis­abil­i­ties called as Par­a­lympian.

For Pema, re­al­is­ing the goal is not a far­fetched dream any­more.

Sim­i­larly, Kin­ley Dem, 24 year old para shooter has also the same dreams.

“Af­ter liv­ing an iso­lated life, I never thought that I would be able to per­form at this stage through sports. I am glad to have taken this op­por­tu­nity and I will per­form my best for a medal.”

The Bhutan Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished on Septem­ber, 2017 and is the youngest Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee in the world. It was af­fil­i­ated with the In­ter­na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee and Asian Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee in the same year.

The Bhutan Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished with the ob­jec­tive to pro­vide a plat­form for in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties to par­tic­i­pate in and shine through sports and to pro­mote the gen­eral in­ter­est and wel­fare for the dis­abled in the coun­try, through par­tic­i­pa­tion in sports.

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