Thinley Namgay 

Volleyball enthusiasts can now play the game in international standard courts at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu.

The Bhutan Volleyball Federation (BVBF) is currently upgrading the volleyball courts at Changlimithang to international standards. The work is set to be completed within a few days.

The construction of two synthetic-floored courts, a beach volleyball court, floodlights, an office and toilets facilities have almost been completed. The lighting equipment and carpets are imported from Italy.

The new courts are expected to encourage more youth to play volleyball. The courts will serve as a venue for training programmes to select national players.

The country’s premier volleyball competitions—Thimphu League and National League—are expected to take place at the new facility.

The BVBF’s coach, Tandin Wangchuk, said the Covid-19 pandemic had delayed the completion of the project. “The work will be completed by the end of this month.”

The project worth Nu 12 million is funded by the Government of India.

The BVBF started using the new beach volleyball court in January with the organisation of the first beach volleyball competition involving eight teams.

The tournament, however, has not been completed due to the pandemic. The semifinals and finals are yet to be played.

The BVBF was one of the first federations created by the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC). However, it is also one of the federations that has the lowest fund allocations from the BOC.

The BVBF did not have a national team till 2019 although it is one of the oldest sports in the country.