The Opening Ceremony of the Asian Para Games on Saturday (6 October) in the Indonesian capital city Jakarta will mark the first time Bhutan send a delegation to the event.
Leading the team will be a member of the Bhutanese Royal Family. Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck is the newly appointed President of the Bhutan Paralympic Committee (NPC Bhutan).
The organisation was established on September 2017 and is one of the youngest NPCs in the world. The same year, NPC Bhutan joined the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games will be the first ever major international event in which Bhutan participates. Two athletes will represent the country, Kinley Dem in shooting Para sport and Pema Rigsel in Para archery.
NPC Bhutan was established with the objectives to provide a platform for individuals living with disabilities to participate in and shine through sports, and to promote the general interest and welfare for the disabled in the country through participation in sports.
Princess Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck is the youngest daughter to the Fourth King of Bhutan Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck. She is the sister of the current reigning monarch, the Fifth King of Bhutan Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.