12 September 2021

Mikyo Dorji- The Big Promise in Bhutanese Sports

Mikyo Dorji is on the national news several times. Each time it was for breaking a new barriers and setting a new benchmark. It's hard to believe that he is just a college student who is already on the national cricket team and now singed by an international club. 

Last week, when the news of Mikyo Dorji joining Lalitpur Patriots came on BBS, I was reminded of the first two times he came on news. It was in 2015 May, when St. Joseph's School in North Point recognized Mikyo for his excellence in cricket, volley and basket with the rare White Coat. It's said that the prestigious award was conferred to only 12 students in the entire history of the school. Mikyo was the first Bhutanese. 

Mikyo joins the defending Champion, Lalitpur Patriots, Nepal

In the October of the same year, his school awarded him the most coveted Depelchin Gold Medal. That was for the overall 'most outstanding student' in the school up to class X. That's like the life time achievement award for the entire school years. That talks about his consistancy over the years he spent in the school. 

2015 May on BBS

Going by the two huge recognitions coming from a reputed school in a country as big as India we can guess what stuff Mikyo is made of. He was only 16 then. We would think it's way too young for him to handle professional sports but in the world of sports that's where the shining must begin. Younger the better. His career in India was set.

But I am proud that he returned to Bhutan and joined the national cricket team first. Signing with the Nepali cricket club is just the beginning for the young man. I foresee Mikyo joining an IPL team and make whole of Bhutan watch him play on TV aganist the best in the world someday soon.

2021 Sept. BBS

 

Much like Chencho Gyeltshen has forged the path into the international football arena, Mikyo is the next generation. When Mikyo makes it to the biggest cricket league in the world, one can only imagine the kind of money he will be signing on. When that day comes, Bhutanese cricket will shine too. 

May Mikyo inspire younger Bhutanese to embrace sports professionlly and achieve excellence. 

07 September 2021

An Olympic Swimmer From a Country With One Swimming Pool

It didn't occur to me how significant it was for a swimmer from Bhutan to go to Olympic 2020 until I received an email from a Dutch journalist, Fabian van der Poll. He worked with a Dutch daily newspaper, NRC. He had found my contact through an article I wrote in 2013 about swimming pools in Bhutan.

While researching on a debut swimmer, Sangay Tenzin from Bhutan, Fabian stumbled upon my blog post that read Bhutan had only one swimming pool in the whole of the country until recently. It intrigued him to do a story on the 17-year-old. It's a goldmine sort of discovery for a journalist to learn that a boy who learned to swim in the river has made it to the Olympics.


Sangay Tenzin, 17 (PC: Bhutan Today Page)

We either took it for granted or were ignorant but Sangay Tenzin's journey to Tokyo deserved more attention. From the river in Gelephu to a school swimming pool in Ugyen Academy, Sangay's destiny kept swimming despite all the limitations. It's through the various news sources that we learned how he had to train in Bangkok for the last two years because we don't have the kind of pool for him to train in Bhutan. 

Sangay is 17 and has at least two more Olympics to look forward to. He will swim far in life. But more than his own career, he has paved way for generations of youths to follow him, much like Chencho Gyeltshen did with football. 

Because of him, Olympic size swimming pools will be built in Bhutan. He has drawn the attention of the people in the most magnificent way. He didn't demand anything, he just worked his way to the Olympics 2020. He caused the splash to talk for him. He created the future he wanted.