Sportsperson of the year


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Who’s your favourite sportsperson?

No, I’m not talking about international sports personalities. I’m talking about your favourite Bhutanese sportsman or woman.

Let’s find out. Please take the poll that asks: who, in your opinion, is the Sportsperson of 2010?

My nominations are not exhaustive. Nor are they accurate. They are some of our athletes I’ve read about or heard about from the media during the past year. They are people who I think have excelled in their sport. Or who have shown potential. And who are role models for our children.

If I’ve missed any one – and I’m sure I have – please feature them in your comments. Or send me an email. It’s important to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of our sportsmen and sportswomen.

Here are my nominations for Sportsperson of 2010:

  1. Archery (traditional equipment). Rinzin Drukpa hit 22 karays and 8 dayas in the Druk Wangyal Archery Tournament to become the best archer of the tournament.
  2. Archery (imported equipment). Sonam Jamtsho hit 54 karays in the Silver Jubilee Archery Tournament and 40 karays in the National Coronation Archery Tournament. His consistency earned him the title of best archer in both the tournaments.
  3. Bodybuilding. Tshering Dorji (pictured above) won the National Bodybuilding Championship to be crowned Mr. Bhutan, and then went on to win a bronze medal in the South Asian bodybuilding competition.
  4. Boxing. RBA’s Phub Sigyel captured the imagination of the whole kingdom by making it to the quarterfinals in last Asian Games.
  5. Cricket. Devika Darjee was declared woman of the match two times as the bowler took our U-19 women’s team all the way to the ACC championship finals in Singapore.
  6. Cycling. Ugyen Yoeser won the first Tour of the Dragon cycling 268 km from Bumthang to Thimphu in 12hrs 33mins.
  7. Football. Kinga Thinley, a student from Ugyen Academy, scored a hat trick and was declared man of the match as Yeedzin FC were crowned national A-division league champions.
  8. Golf. Bahadur Tamang and Budha Singh Tamang, brothers studying at Zilukha LSS and caddying at Thimphu’s golf club, won a tournament each (and a car each) in 2010. Together they have won three cars in the past 18 months.
  9. Marathon. Pasang Pasang of RBA clocked 2hrs 44mins to easily win the Coronation Marathon held in Wangduephodrang.
  10. Tennis. Tandin Wangchuk took three titles at the 2010 National Tennis Open Championship: the men’s singles; under 18 boy’s singles; and the men’s championship trophy.

UPDATE: Devika Darjee (cricket) was also declared the best bowler of the tournament. Phub Sigyel (boxing) had won a silver in the 11th South Asian Games held in Dhaka.


Facebook Comments:


  1. Kinga Thinley!

    amazing player with deftness and great finishing in front of goal.he will improve with more exposure in the first team.

    it was a great league last time. my team Drukstar pushed Yeedzin till the edge and they won it with a game to spare and beat us in the last match 5 – 0. humiliating loss but we will be back

    great thread by the way HOL

  2. Tashi Gyeltshen says

    Brother golfers…..Bhadur Tamang and Budha Singh Tamang.

  3. Devika Darjee was also declared as Best Bowler of the Tournament.

  4. Should be devika..well known for her powerful fours and sixes..magnificient bowler with easy wickets..cheers

  5. Karma Thinley – the Best Archer of Yangphel Archery Tournament and Talop Namgay Wangchuk

  6. DroloDorji says

    Best sportsman to Sigyel for making the country at least dream a medal at the Asian Games.

    Best sportsmanship to the guy who crashed from his cycle in Tromgsa, broke his jaw, cut his knees but got back on his seat and pedaled all the way to Thimphu and finished 8th.

    What’s the prize?

  7. I join DroloDorji to suggest OL yourself to be in the list of Sportsman of the Year 2010 for your spirit and determination. Even after breaking the jaw and getting a cut on the knee in the accident at Trongsa, you did not board the bus. You completed your (Bumthang-Thimphu) cycle race, that too coming 8th.

    Also, the broken jaw failed to control your speaking zeal in the NA. Actually you deserve the title of the Sportsman 2010!

    The only failure is that you could not oppose to the DPT govt. for not removing that bumper on the road approaching Trongsa town from Bumthang which caused your cycle accident.

  8. I vote for The brother golfers…..

    and OL please add:

    Mr. Sonam of Sangay Arts FC who scored 18 goals in the First THIMPHU OPEN LEAUGE 2010 organized by us.

  9. dragonation says

    While everyone is equally deserving of recognition, bodybuilder Tshering Dorji truly stands out due to his pursuit of the sport as a true professional. The commitment and difficulties associated with sculpting such a physique are not known by many. The boxer’s acheivement is also commendable.


  11. Devika


    Covering 268 kms in about 13 hours on a cycle is a TRUE effort. I vote for him to be the best sports person in Bhutan for 2010. Congratulations.

  13. Its a very tough journey, i vote yes for Ugyen Yoesar. Congragulation once again!

  14. K. Namgyal says


  15. ugyen yoeser

  16. Ugyen Yoesar is definitely someone to consider for the top slot

  17. Mr Bhutan…may be body building is not even thought of a sport in the country..but what tshering Dorji has done, ACHIEVED AND continues to do is highly commendable…I vote foir Mr Bhutan!

  18. Ugyen Yoesar who cycled from East to West in 13 hours lo. Quite a challenge.

  19. i vote for Phub sigyel because his silver medal is equated to numerous blows he would have boldly tolerated

  20. Ugyen Yoesar for hte healthy life style sampling by biking all teh way to Thimphu from Bumthang

  21. Dal bahadur sherpa says

    Ugyen Yoesar – sports man of 2010. He is a good role model for health freaks. he stopped smoking, he stopped drinking, he stopped Doma chewing and now he is simply jogging and biking. I appreciate his effort la. So I vote for him.

  22. Ratu.
    Ugyen Yeosar

  23. Sangay Phuntsho says

    Since i am a cyclist, i have also participated in the Tour of the Dragon, so from my point of experience i want to vote for Ugyen Yoezer for the title of sportsman of 2011 especially in cycling. I am really appreciated his effort and determination to win the cycling race. i would like to congratulate and keep it up

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