Lhamo, Wangdi, Samdrup and Drugyel are the new hopes after the Bhutan Youth & Junior National Championships
The Bhutan Youth & Junior National Championships was held in Thimphu where 14 new champions have been crowned. Tandin Lhamo won the first ever woman bout in Bhutan while their experienced boxers such as Tashi Wangdi, Tshering Samdrup and Tenzin Drugyel won their weight classes also in the event.
Bhutan is a developing boxing country in the South Asian region and their management is doing their best to compete as many international events as possible. Bhutan had one boxer in the Top8 at the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Tashkent which was a sensational performance from the country.
The country is planning to send one boxer to the upcoming ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand in July 1-7. Furthermore Bhutan Boxing Federation is arranging a 6-strong squad to the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships which will be held in the Philippines in August.
The first ever woman bout was held in the event where Tandin Lhamo won that historical contest against a younger rival in the championships. Tandin Lhamo will be making her international debut at the Ulaanbaatar Box Cup in the upcoming days and following her success over against 17-year-old Dechen Wangmo she is the country’s first ever woman boxing champion.
Tashi Wangdi is a top talent in Bhutan who competed in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and also in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships. The experienced Wangdi moved up one category this time and defeated Sarpang’s 17-year-old Tsheltrim Losel in the final of the flyweight (52kg). In spite of his loss the younger Losel was selected to take part in the upcoming ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Bangkok.
Pemagatshel’s Tshering Samdrup is also an experienced boxers among Bhutan’s young talents who defeated Dagana’s Sonam Rinzin in the final of the U22 light flyweight (49kg). Among the other winners in the national event Kinley Dorji (junior 42kg), Jigme Wangdi (junior 48kg), Tandin Wangchuk (junior 50kg) and Tenzin Drugyel (youth 49kg) proved their best and won their weight classes.
List of the winners in the Bhutan Youth & Junior National Championships
Kids 26kg: Tashi A. Dorji
Schools 26kg: Ugyen Penjor Rigsel
Schools 30kg: Jamyang Dorji
Schools 33kg: Passang
Schools 34kg: Dorji Tsheten
Schools 36kg: Sangay Thinley
Junior 42kg: Kinley Dorji
Junior 48kg: Jigme Wangdi
Junior 50kg: Tandin Wangchuk
Women’s Youth 48kg: Tandin Lhamo
Youth 49kg: Tenzin Drugyel
Youth 49kg: Purna Pardhan
Youth 52kg: Tashi Wangdi
U22 49kg: Tshering Samdrup