Ar­ti­fi­cial turf in Sherubtse to be ready by Fe­bru­ary

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Jigme Wangchen from Kan­glung, Trashigang

Foot­ball en­thu­si­asts in Kan­glung and Trashigang can play on a bet­ter field with the ar­ti­fi­cial turf at Sherubtse Col­lege near­ing com­ple­tion in Fe­bru­ary.

This would be a dras­tic im­prove­ment from the dust bowl that the foot­ball ground is right now par­tic­u­larly dur­ing dry, windy days and muddy mon­soon.

One of the most pop­u­lar foot­ball com­pe­ti­tions in the col­lege known as the mon­soon tour­na­ment was not con­ducted last year as works on the ar­ti­fi­cial turf were in progress.

Many stu­dents were un­happy due to this but with the ar­ti­fi­cial turf near­ing com­ple­tion; ex­cite­ment in the col­lege is peak­ing.

Sherab Gyelt­shen, a col­lege stu­dent said that he was un­for­tu­nate he could not play the tour­na­ment last year. “But I am happy that I will be one of the few to kick off the mon­soon tour­na­ment on the ar­ti­fi­cial turf.”

An­other foot­ball fan, Chimi Wangchuck feels that so far the ma­jor­ity of na­tional foot­ball stars are from Thim­phu be­cause of ready avail­abil­ity of fa­cil­i­ties in the cap­i­tal. But now, he hopes to see the rise of champs from the east as well.

“I am dy­ing to play on the turf,” he said.

The ar­ti­fi­cial turf in­stal­la­tion works be­gan in mid-May, 2016 af­ter His Majesty The King dur­ing a visit to the col­lege in Fe­bru­ary 2014 an­nounced that the turf would be a gift from him.

Yon­toen Chophel, foot­ball coach at Sherubtse Col­lege said that stu­dents are al­ready look­ing for­ward to play­ing on the turf and cre­at­ing such recre­ational in­fra­struc­ture would go a long way in keep­ing youth away from un­healthy ac­tiv­i­ties.

Some lo­cals in Kan­glung said they were see­ing an ar­ti­fi­cial turf for real in Sherubtse Col­lege for the first time. Most had seen one only on tele­vi­sion so far.

“Be­sides foot­ball, the ground will be good to host events like sports meets and big­ger na­tional events,” said a teacher from Kan­glung Pri­mary School.

Ac­cord­ing to Chador Wangmo, a busi­ness woman from Kan­glung, the turf will not only ben­e­fit foot­ballers but has the po­ten­tial to boost lo­cal busi­ness as there will be a larger au­di­ence for the matches. “I am happy to see such fa­cil­i­ties com­ing up in a re­mote part of the coun­try. Devel­op­ment should be bal­anced in all the re­gions.”

Af­ter the turf is com­pleted, a tour­na­ment, “Chan­cel­lor’s Cup”, will be held in trib­ute to His Majesty The King.

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