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Mewang Gyalsey archery tournament concludes Samtse bags first prize


By Staff Reporterย 

His Royal Highness Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck graced theย grand finaleย of Mewang Gyalsey Archery Tournament, played on imported bow in the Yangphel style on February 8. It was organized by the Office of the Gyaltshab, Gyalpoizhing, Mongar as part of commemoration of the first birth anniversary of His Royal Highness Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.


The programme started with offering of Chhoemey at the altar where Portraits of Their Majesties and HRH The Gyalsey stand and Zhabten (longevity prayers) to His Majesty The King and Zhabten to HRH The Gyalsey.


A variety ofย cultural programs including unique traditional songs and dances of the six Eastern dzongkhags were presented. A total of 140 teams from 20 dzongkhags participated in the league round of the tournament held in 11 dzongkhags from January 12 to 21. 39 teams took part in the knockout round and 27 in quarterfinals held at Gyalpozhing, Mongar from January 27 to February 4.

Semi finals were heldย at Gyalpoizhing, Mongar on February 5 coinciding with the first birth anniversary of HRH The Gyalsey.


There were 15 roundsย in the grand finale.ย Samtse team took away the winnerโ€™s cash prize of Nu 300,000 and oneย Chhana Dorjeย (Vajrapani) statue each to the players.


Toeb United from Punakhaย received the first runners-upโ€™s cash prize of Nu 240,000 and oneย ย Chhana Dorjeย (Vajrapani) statue each to the players.


Good Boys from Paroย received the second Runners-upโ€™s cash prize of Nu 180,000 and aย Chhana Dorjeย (Vajrapani) statue each.


In addition, six other cash prizes of Nuย 10,000-20,000 for theย best archer of the tournament, finalโ€™s most valuable player, best one-day highest league score, highest dobji, highest bullโ€™s eye and highest dobji baa-kor were awarded.


On the sidelines,ย HRHย The Gyaltshab graced the opening of one day Mewang Gyalsey Nachhung Athletics for under 12 year age students organized at Gyalpoizhing in dedication toย HRHย The Gyalsey. The students of six schools under Mongar also offered their pledges, to read at least 15 books in the 2017 academic year, to respect, to be helpful and kind, and always abide by rules and strive for the best toย HRHThe Gyalsey in the presence ofย HRHย The Gyaltshab.



HRHย The Gyaltshab also granted Tokha to the gathering including Lam Netens and monks of six eastern dzongkhags, Members of Parliament from six eastern dzongkhags, Dzongdags 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 on-going Fair Carnival.

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