Lugsum Team from Bylakuppe defeated Tibetan Dicky Larsoe (TDL), to win the first ‘Stop TB basketball tournament’ organised by the Department of Health in collaboration with Tibetan National Sports Association and Tibetan Youth Congress at Gangchen Kyishong today.
CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay, Security Kalon, Education Kalon, Health Kalon, members of Tibetan Parliament and the general Tibetan public residing in Dharamshala attended the final match.
In his address, President Dr Lobsang Sangay spoke about the Central Tibetan Administration’s commitment to eradicate TB from the community by 2022. He called TB a curse that has been afflicting the Tibetan community since the early years of Tibetan exile and expressed the Kashag’s determination to boost health and fitness of the Tibetan people by encouraging sports and an active lifestyle.
The United Nations has called for eradication of TB by 2030 while the Indian government and the Himachal State government has set 2025 and 2021 respectively.
Lugsum scored 47 against 35 scored by TDL. The winner gets fifty thousand Rupees while runners up gets thirty thousand Rupees. Team Sarah was conferred the fair play team of the tournament and awarded five thousand Rupees.
Twelve Tibetan teams from India and Nepal participated in the tournament. The teams include Mundgod, Lugsum from Bylakuppe, TDL from Bylakuppe, Northeast Yak, Bir, Sarah (Dharamshala), Pohkra (Nepal), Delhi, Ladakh, Clement town, All star (Dharamshala) and Drogba (Dharamshala).