First Tibetan women’s football tournament begins

First Tibetan women's football tournament, Dharamshala, India, 9 June 2016.

First Tibetan women's football tournament, Dharamshala, India, 9 June 2016. Tibet Sun/Matthew Aslett

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MCLEOD GANJ, India, 9 June 2016

The first Tibetan women’s football tournament was kick-started with four teams taking part in Dharamshala, the capital of the Tibetan Diaspora.

To be played over four days, the tournament will see women’s football from Punjab, Himachal, Dehra Dun, and the Tibetan team.

The opening match of the tournament was the Tibetan women’s team playing against the Punjab team at the Tibetan Children’s Village School grounds.

Getting off to a great start, forward Phuntsok Choedon scored the first goal in the first minute of the game for Tibetans.

Another Tibetan striker, Tenzin Choekyi, scored the second goal for Tibetans just before the half time.

Punjab’s Karandev Kaur shot a goal in the second half, but the team then had to concede as the long whistle came from the referee, giving a 2-1 lead for the Tibetans.

The finale will be played on Sunday. The Tibetan National Sports Association (TNSA), based in Dharamshala, is hosting the tournament.

Kelsang Dhondup, TNSA Executive Secretary, explained that the Tibetan team was formed on short notice.

“Many Tibetan women from different parts of India and Nepal came forward to play. There are college and school students, as well as some employed in businesses,” Kelsang said.

He said that despite the short training, the Tibetans are playing well and he is hopeful that they would lift the trophy.

Earlier in the day, The Tibetan players met with Sikyong Lobsang Sangay at his office.

Sangay spoke about how sports empower and enrich people’s lives and effect changes in the community.


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