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Sporting events are expected to resume

By April 25, 2022Sports events

Thinley Namgay

With the government announcing further relaxations of Covid-19 protocols from May 2, sporting events and tournaments are expected to resume.

Seven teams have confirmed their participation in the Jebba Dragon Cup 2022, which was previously known as the Thimphu Dzongkhag League.

Thimphu City FC (TCFC), in conjunction with the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), will host the tournament.

The Jebba Dragon Cup will be a major football tournament after the inaugural BFF President Cup, which ended in January.

The winner will participate in the 2023 Bhutan Premier League (BPL) qualifiers if the team fulfills the BFF club licensing requirements.

A TCFC official, Yeshey Dorji, said the registration deadline had been extended from April 20 to 25. He said at least eight teams would be needed for the tournament.

He said BPL teams will not be allowed to participate in the tournament. “Three BFF club players will be allowed in a team, but national team players will not be allowed.”

Each team will have to pay an entry fee of 20,000 Nu.

Yeshey Dorji said the format of the game will be decided based on the number of teams. The exact date of the tournament is also to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, the first ongoing BFF Mini Dragon League, which was supposed to end on February 5, has been postponed.

Over 300 children under 12 from Thimphu and Paro have been participating in the league at Changlimithang Stadium since November 11 last year.

The semi-finals and finals of the first beach volleyball tournament, hosted by the Bhutan Volleyball Federation in the capital, have been called off.

The ongoing Bhutan Under-15 Amateur Baseball League in Thimphu, organized by the Bhutan Baseball and Softball Association, has also been postponed. Five teams participate in the tournament.

An official from the Bhutanese Baseball and Softball Association said the players were attending regular training sessions at schools.

The government will allow all indoor and outdoor sporting activities with spectators from May 2.

However, people with signs and symptoms of Covid-19 have been discouraged from participating in sporting events.