Thinley Namgay

In a remarkable display of skill and determination, Kamji Central School (CS) emerged victorious in the second edition of the Phuentsholing Regional Taekwondo Tournament, clinching an impressive total of 36 medals, including 14 gold, 12 silver, and 10 bronze. 

This triumph marked a significant achievement for Kamji CS, considering it was only their second appearance in the tournament.

Chumigthang Middle Secondary School secured the second position, securing nine gold, 14 silver, and 24 bronze medals. Although they outperformed the winners in terms of silver and bronze, the substantial lead of five gold medals placed Kamji CS comfortably at the top of the standings. 

Gedu Higher Secondary School secured the third position, garnering 10 gold, seven silver, and six bronze medals. The top three schools were honored with cash prizes and trophies for their outstanding performances.

A total of 49 students, including 23 girls, from Kamji CS participated in the tournament. 

Phurba Dorji, the coach of Kamji CS, attributed their success to timely training and the support of the school administration. “Students have been practicing since last year, and I am immensely proud of their achievements.”

He further emphasised that winning the tournament would serve as motivation for the students to excel in the upcoming national taekwondo tournament in Thimphu. “We will continue to work hard in preparation for the national tournament.” 

Despite resource constraints, he expressed optimism about the vibrant and promising taekwondo culture in Kamji, with an increasing interest among students. The school is dedicated to nurturing talented players and overcoming challenges along the way.

Participating students highlighted the importance of such competitions in honing their skills while also providing an enjoyable experience. To ensure that academics and other school activities were not disrupted, training sessions were conducted during weekends across all schools.

The tournament, organised by the Phuentsholing Sports Association, witnessed the participation of nine schools from May 20 to 21. The event experienced a doubling of participants this year, with 250 students engaging in the competition.