Thinley Namgay

Rigsar Construction emerged victorious in the 2024 Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (JDW) Memorial National Archery Tournament, defeating Rinyang Export 2-1 sets at the Changlimithang archery range in Thimphu yesterday.

It was the debut competition for the Rigsar Construction team.

The final match lasted one and a half days.

In six rounds, Rigsar sealed the first set with a score of 25-9. Rinyang lost nine points in the third round and seven points in the fourth, making it unlikely for them to win the first set.

The second set was competitive, with Rigsar making an attempt to secure victory, but Rinyang clinched it with a score of 25-22. The deciding set yesterday was won by Rigsar with a score of 25-10.

Rigsar’s captain, Kezang Dorji, described the final as competitive, but credited the team’s success to confidence and team spirit. “All the players were talented and played with confidence.”

He said that the archers were recruited from various locations, and all expenses for the tournament were covered by Rigsar Construction.

Rinyang Export players said that the final didn’t unfold as expected. “It could be due to a one-day luck. Yesterday, most of our players struggled to hit the target.”

Sangay Phuntsho of Rinyang Export said: “Until the semifinals, our team has been winning in style.”

The players of Rigsar Construction were awarded a 12-inch Guru statue each, while the runners-up players received a 12-inch Buddha statue each. Both teams were presented with a team trophy.

Rinyang Export secured their place in the final by defeating Rignga United with a score of 2-1 sets on April 26, while Rigsar Construction earned their spot by defeating Karsel Chuksum.

The best player of the tournament was Ugyen from Rignga United. He hit 39 kareys in four games.

The tournament pays tribute to the father of modern Bhutan, the late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. This archery tournament, conducted with traditional bamboo bows and arrows, plays a crucial role in preserving the culture and tradition of the country.

Organised by the Bhutan Indigenous Games and Sports Association, the tournament saw participation from 20 teams.