Two Para Athletes To Represent Bhutan At 3rd Asian Para Games (6-13 Oct) In Palembang, Indonesia
Organised by the Asian Paralympic Committee, the Asian Para Games will be held from 6 - 13 October in Jakarta - Palembang, Indonesia.
By Staff Reporter | Kuensel
Two Paralympic athletes from the Bhutan Paralympic committee, the first duo to represent the country left for the third Asian Para Games on 2 Oct.
Organised by the Asian Paralympic Committee, the actual Asian Para Games will be held from 6 - 13 October in Jakarta - Palembang, Indonesia.
According to a press release from the Bhutan Olympic Committee, the two athletes, will represent the country in the multisport event that will be contested by 4,000 Para athletes from 43 countries for 581 medals.
About the two paralympic athletes representing Bhutan
Pema Rigsel, 30, the para-archer has been training with the Bhutan Archery Federation since 2017. He will compete in the 70 metres wheelchair recurve archery.
According to the press release, the archer aspires to bring medals for the country since he is participating in an international games for the first time.
Para shooter, Kinley Dem will compete in the 10 metres wheelchair rifle shooting.
“After living an isolated life, I never thought that I would be able to perform at this stage through shooting. I am glad to be given this opportunity and I will perform my best,” Kinley Dem said.
Purpose of establishing the Bhutan Paralympic Committee
The Bhutan Paralympic Committee got affiliated with the International Paralympic Committee and Asian Paralympic Committee following its establishment in 2017.
The committee was established to provide a platform for individuals living with disabilities to participate and shine through sports.
The Asian Para Games will feature 15 Paralympic and three non-Paralympic sports, namely: archery, para athletic, badminton, boccia, chess, cycling, goal ball, judo, lawn ball, para powerlifting, para swimming, shooting para sport, tenpin bowling, table tennis, volleyball sitting, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing and wheelchair tennis.
This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for the Bhutan Times.