Excelsior Sports Correspondent
LEH, Oct 2: Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre (LSRC) Red team lifted the Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) Martyrs Traditional Archery Cup 2017 played at Syatsaks Memorial Park, here.
This is the third Archery tournament organised by LBA to pay tributes to Nawang Rinchen of Sankar village, Tsering Stobdan of Durbuk, and Tsewang Dorjey of Saboo – popularly known as ‘Nawang, Dorjay and Stobdan’ who were martyred in firing on 27th August 1989 during the agitation launched to demand UT Status for Ladakh.
Tributes were also paid to Venerable Lobzang Tsondus of Likir and Tashi Angchuk of Saspol who sacrificed their lives on 24th January 1981 during an agitation launched to demand Schedule Tribe (ST) status to Ladakhis.
As many as 17 Archers team representing different clubs including a specially-abled team from Pagir participated in the day long tournament. After a fifteen round of Competition LSRC Red with 189 points was the winner of the tournament followed by District Archery Association (DAA) (Green) with 172 points was second position and DAA (RED) with 170 points stood on third position. In the individual category Rigzin Tonyot with 60 points were winner followed by Sangrup Nay LSRC with 57 points were runner and Tashi Tundup DAA with 53 points was third position. Tsering Namgyal Sabu Phu Red was also awarded for hitting the target for maximum five times.
Stressing the need for organizing such archery to pay tribute to Martyrs Chief Guest on the occasion upper Leh Councillor venerable Lobzang Nyantak said that if one fails to remembers the supreme sacrifices then no one will come forward for the cause of society. He added that due to their supreme sacrifices today everyone in enjoying the benefit of ST and Hill Council power in the District.
He also appeals the youth to stay away from intoxicating substances and bad habits.
LBA President Tsewang Thinles and All Ladakh Gonpa Association President Geshes Lobzang Stamstan also spoke on the occasion.
Ladakh Buddhist Association Vice-President PT Kunzang, LBA Women President Tsewang Dolma and Martyrs families were also present to grace the occasion.
Earlier, LBA Youth Wing President Rinchen Namgyal presented the welcome address.