Bylakkuppe: The 3rd Annual Basketball Tournament Against TB concluded on 8 October at the TDL basketball court.
Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk of the Health Department attended the final game as the chief guest. In his keynote address, Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk reiterated the mission of “Zero TB by 2025”. He stated that in 2018, a record number of Tibetan TB patients were mainly residing in schools and monasteries.
A collaborative study by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Wisconsin found that nearly 1 in 5 Tibetan schoolchildren in India have been infected with TB. In addition, the rate of TB among Tibetan children in boarding schools were found to be five to eight times higher than in any other country or the world in general.
Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk concluded his remarks by urging the general public to give more attention to their overall aspects of health.
The general secretary of the Tibetan National Sports Association (TNSA), Passang urged greater support for holding successful sports tournaments in the future.
To mark the event, an exhibition girls match was played between STS Bylakkuppe and TCV Bylakkuppe.
The final game came down to Lugsam vs. TDL (Dekyi Larsoe Settlement), however, Team Lugsam came out as the winner. Team Lugsam has now won the tournament for three consecutive years and is the reigning champion of the 3rd Annual Basketball Tournament Against TB.
-Filed by Department of Health