Thimphu [Bhutan], July 25 (ANI): Bhutan shall be sending 28 athletes, its highest-ever contingent for the nineteenth Asian Games, which is ready to get underway at Hangzhou, China, from September 23.
The occasion will conclude on October 8. According to Bhutan Live, “The Bhutanese athletes will compete in 10 disciplines. Bhutanese athletes will be competing in karate, boxing, taekwondo, golf, archery, shooting, swimming, athletics, judo, and badminton events. It will be a debut in judo, swimming, karate, and badminton for Bhutan at the Asian Games. 10 coaches will accompany the 28 athletes. With preparation for the games in full swing, some of the athletes are training in sports complexes abroad.”Bhutanese swimmers and badminton gamers are coaching in Thailand and 4 taekwondo gamers are coaching on the Kyung-Il University in South Korea, it added.
30-year-old Lenchu Kuenzang, who shall be competing within the 10-metre air rifle class, has the backing of the nation behind him as he’s being billed as a medal-contender for Bhutan.
Lenchu Kuenzang mentioned,”I have been shooting for about 10 years. I have received more training and also participated in multiple competitions. I have also participated in the Tokyo Olympic Games and I was able to break my record. To enter the final, I only need about 10 points. Compared to the previous games, I am confident and I hope to break my record,”Goma Pradhan, a long-distance runner within the 5,000-metre run, mentioned,”I will be competing in the 5,000-metre race. In the past, when I went to the South Asian Games, my personal best time was 17 minutes and 24 seconds. Once again I am in the selection process. Last time, I was busy in college because of my nursing course. Since I was in another district doing an internship, I could not train properly. The federation and BOC want me to beat my previous personal best. If I can beat that, I will be selected for the Asian Games,”Tandin Wangchuk, a judoka, mentioned,”I am not so confident as this is the first time judo is being represented from Bhutan at the Asian Games. But in terms of our experience, we have a lot of experience. I have participated in the world championships as well. Moreover, I have participated three times in the South Asian Games. I willwork hard and hope to do well.”Bhutan has been competing on the Asian Games because the 1986 Games in South Korea, however are but to win a medal.
Sonam Dema, an athlete in recurve archery mentioned,”I faced a lot of difficulties when I went out for the first time. The more opportunities we get to compete in international competitions, the more confident we get. We feel the same while training here and when we go outside. When we compete outside time and again, we know our mistakes and can improve for future competitions.”Khendrup, an athlete in compound archery, informed Bhutan Live,”There is a lot of difference between those who train and those who do not train. For a person who plays in an archery range of 145 metres, it won’t make much difference even if they play after three to four months. If we do not train 50 metres like we do here, we won’t be able to play well and this needs continuous training.”Tandin Dorji, an athlete in compound archery mentioned,”We start our training at six in the morning till 10 am. In the evening, we start our training from four till 7 pm. Sometimes, we stay till 8 and 9 pm as there are floodlights installed here. Compared to the past, we are training hard this year. We have experience and we hope to get medals. We arenot getting enough time to train, for example, I have to go to the office and three of my friends are doing business, because of that we do not get time to train.” (ANI)