Basketball is the royal sport in Bhutan
October 16 , 2013
Basketball is not a street sport in Bhutan but a royal one.
The 23-year old queen plays basketball everyday and maintains an average of 34. The country's retired king makes sure to play daily as well. A legend says that the 57-year old king once scored 65 3-pointers.
Although, no one is allowed to touch royals, queen Jetsun Pema asks her opponent to check her; one of her opponents mentioned that Pema gets mad if they don't.
The country is attempting to make the sport more popular among commoners and possibly forming a national team; it has even hired a South Korean coach.
Since people in Bhutan are not too tall, the coach is "trying to get them into a faster style of play," he said. "We need stronger defense and better fast breaks."