All India Karate Independence Cup19 August, 2010 - A 24-year old Bhutanese, working as a relationship manager in one of the local banks, picked up a gold medal at the All India Karate Independence Cup, which was held in Kurukshetra, Haryana, India from August 13 to 15.
Ugyen Wangchuk, a second dan in karate, got past seven contestants to win the gold in the 60-65 kg category. The contest drew about 1,000 participants from all over India; and one from Bhutan.
This is the second gold medal the relationship manager, who runs a karate club in the capital, has won. Ugyen won a gold in the individual kumitee (fight) in Sri Lanka last year.
Ugyen, who is in New Delhi at the moment, will be travelling to Udaipur in Rajasthan to participate in an international tournament that kicks off on August 21.
“I was scheduled to be back in Bhutan on August 16, but the organisers insisted I attend the international championship,” he said.
The tournament will have participants from Japan, Germany, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Bhutan. Ugyen says he was obsessed with martial arts since childhood. It was during his college days that he got the chance to learn karate at the Darjeeling Karate Association. “Bhutanese people love martial arts, because I think we are from the Oriental race,” he said.
By Kuenga Tendar