Neten Dorji | Trashigang

The Sakteng team defeated the Bidung at the Mithimdrang range in Trashigang and took home cash prize of Nu 55,000 yesterday.

This is the first archery match in the dzongkhag after more than three years, which was organised as part of the 115th national day celebrations.

The deciding set began after lunch. Sakteng led the set 18-16 in the game of the 13 rounds. Bidung could add only two points and Sakteng added two points.

The final point was 20-18.

Bidung, which was in the lead, slacked after the third round.

Sakteng’s captain, Rinchen Khandu, said that warm weather has some impact.  “The bows became soft. We could have held our lead.”

The team managed 13 hits against team Bidung’s 12 in the 15 round of the match.

Bidung’s captain, Chador Phuntsho, who is also the gup, said that most of the players in his team were first-timers. “We learned a lot from these celebration games.”

Organised by the dzongkhag administration, the tournament was among the major programmes in the lead up to  the 115th National Day.

A total of 15 teams took part in the tournament.

The three-day tournament was also aimed at promoting traditional archery in the dzongkhag.