BOC: The President of the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC), His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, was re-elected unanimously by the BOC General Assembly, for the term 2015 – 2018 on May 31.

The election was held during the first Extraordinary Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Paro. The BOC General Assembly is the highest decision making body of the BOC.

HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck thanked all the members for placing their trust and faith in him and said that he was humbled by his re-election as the committee’s President.

HRH said that he would continue to build on the reform process initiated during his first term, and work towards establishing an apolitical and democratic governance system in the sports sector, to effectively and efficiently deliver sports to all.

  “Although sports has now attained its rightful place in the national development agenda and is now an integral part of the 11th Five Year Development Plan, there is still, so much that needs to be done, to create a firm foundation for a dynamic and vibrant sports sector in Bhutan.” HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck said. “All stakeholders have to work collectively, to serve a common, higher purpose, for the benefit of our students, athletes, community and nation.”

Other issues to such as the budget utilisation for different fiscal years, handing seed money to the different dzongkhag sport associations (DSA) and to improve BOC governance structure were also discussed during the meeting. 

BOC’s secretary general, Sonam Karma Tshering, said the meeting was an important milestone in the history of sports in Bhutan. “This is the first time all members came together to collectively discuss issues pertaining to sports in Bhutan and establishing a truly representative sport governance system to deliver organised sport to all Bhutanese,” he said.

About 45 members from the national sports federations, DSAs, sports associations and standing committees attended the extraordinary AGM. The next AGM will be held in January 2016 in Phuentsholing.

By Younten Tshedup