Thinley Namgay

The Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck Memorial Archery Tournament in Phuentsholing enters its quarterfinal stage today, continuing until March 7.

In Pool B, Doedjung will go head-to-head against Ratna today, while Druk Phuensum will clash with Toka Chuchi on March 4.

From Pool A, team BPC will take on Dee Heaven tomorrow, and Kobelco will face TT Wangyal on March 6.

All teams have secured two victories each as of yesterday, fostering optimism about securing a spot in the semifinals and ultimately the final.

Sonam Wangdi from Ratna expressed confidence in his team’s capabilities despite facing tough competition from Doedjung. He cited Ratna’s recent victory over Khamsum Zilnoen as a morale booster for the team, emphasising their determination to perform well in the upcoming matches. 

The tournament follows a direct knockout format, requiring teams to win two sets of 25 points each to emerge victorious.

Tshering Wangchuk of team TT Wangyal highlighted the presence of seeded players in his team, expressing confidence in their ability to make a significant impact against Kobelco. He affirmed his team’s readiness and determination to clinch the tournament title.

Established in 1991, the tournament holds a distinguished status as one of the oldest and most esteemed compound archery competitions in the country.

Featuring participation from 31 teams representing various regions of Bhutan and Sikkim, India, the tournament commenced in January.

Dedicated to the memory of the first king, Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck, the annual event is organised by the Phuentsholing Sports Association (PSA) to honor the monarch’s contributions to the nation’s welfare and to promote and preserve the national game of archery.

Sonam Lhagyel, general secretary of PSA, highlighted the tournament’s significance in uniting archers and local residents in a celebration of national pride.

With the quarterfinals commencing today, anticipation runs high among locals as they eagerly await the outcome and which teams will advance to the semifinals.