Bhutanese para-athletes in Bahrain for 2021 AYPG

Thinley Namgay

Sapuna Subba, a Grade XII student at Gesarling Central School in Dagana, represents Bhutan in badminton at the 2021 Asian Paralympic Youth Games (AYPG) in Bahrain, which kicked off on December 2.

Sapuna, 20, is classified as standing or short. She competes in singles and mixed doubles.

Two Bhutanese athletes and three officials arrived in Bahrain last week.

Long jump participant Mani Kumar Rai, a low vision student at the Khaling Muenselling Institute, was unable to pass the classification stage on December 1 because his disability was not eligible for parasports.

In para-athletics, there are three classes of visual impairment: T11 (totally blind), T12 (partially seeing) and T13 (slightly low vision).

The classification aims to ensure fair competition.

An official from the Bhutan Paralympic Committee (BPC) said the athletes were selected through a talent identification program organized by the BPC during the 2021 Paralympic Festival in Trashigang and the Badminton Federation training camp in Bhutan in Dagana.

“We expect athletes to learn from the AYPG in terms of exposure and to learn international performance standards so that they can prepare themselves mentally and physically for upcoming international games,” said an official from the International Games. PCBs.

The AYPG is a multisport event organized every four years for young disabled athletes.

More than 1,500 participants from 31 Asian countries arrived to compete in the AYPG and compete in nine sporting events: track and field, badminton, boccia, goalball, para-taekwondo, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis and wheelchair basketball.

With the theme “Ensemble Rising Stronger”, the competition takes place in Khalifa Sports City and Isa Sports City.

The third AYPG was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2017.

The 2021 AYPG will end on December 8.

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