‘I think I can take President Obama one on one in basketball’


At a time when various rumors regarding whereabouts of former Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley have been mounting throughout social media, the country’s newly elected PM Tshering Tobgay has compared his basketball sportsmanship with the US President Barrack Obama.

PM Tshering Tobgay
PM Tshering Tobgay

“I think I can take President Obama one on one in basketball,” PM Tobgay told the New York Times (NYT) on October 4.

“I have got some special moves,” added Tobgay, who is four inches shorter than the American President.

And while he intends to spend little time on international affairs, he said, he would make an exception to play basketball with Mr. Obama, wrote the NYT.

“I need to practice my 3-pointers, sharpen my elbows and strengthen my shoulders,” he said with a clear understanding of foreign diplomacy. “You’re a superpower, so my only chance is going one on one.”

Tobgay also lauded that Bhutan has transformed beyond recognition – politically, economically and socially – in the recent years.

The Prime Minister also said that his top priorities was to crack down on growing political corruption, and strengthen anti-corruption agency in the country.


  1. Now the time comes to decide the fate of PDP and the Monarch as like Hosni Mubarak.

    We the followers of DPT need to bring these dirty power down.

    We need vibrant democracy not the granted democracy from this monarch and its allies. Long live DPT!