The Bhutan Tennis Federation has received an award from the Asian Tennis Federation and the International Tennis Federaton for the development of sports and other activities in the country, according to Kuenselonline. The Bhutan Tennis Federation (BTF) received an award from the two federations during the ATF's annual general meeting held in Bangalore last month.
BTF's Vice President Tshewang Jurmi said that the federation has conducted activities and tournaments like squad training, competitions between schools from different dzongkhags, coaching camps, mini tennis tournament, junior tennis tournament, an Olympic solidarity level one coaching, India-Bhutan friendship tennis tournament and Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel national open tennis tournament as well as for improving tennis facilities in the country.
He commented, “Tennis in the country is still developing and our idea is to engage youth through tennis by making it as a career for them. Current education system does not provide skill-based education to the youth and the unemployment rate is growing in the country.
Sports, in general, is one area to provide skill-based education to the youth”. The BTF’s men’s tennis team, Pema Norbu, Nidup Gyeltshen, Tshering Namgay and Tandin Wangchuk, won a bronze medal at the recently concluded 13th South Asian Games at Nepal.
BTF President, Palden J. Dorji, commented, “It shows that tennis is developing in the country and all the members should support athletes”. Also, during the AGM, five coaches, Kinley Wangchuk, Nidup Gyeltshen, Tashi Dorji, Tshering Phuntsho and Rinzin Namgyel received their level one coaching certificate.
Currently, BTF functions as a branch of Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) and any budget that the BTF require has to be planned and proposed to the BOC, which is fully funded by the government.