Saturday, 17 May 2008

Bhutanese archers receive cash incentives

May 16: Bhutanese archers who participated in the South Asian Archery Championship brought home 26 medals, 19 silver and seven bronze. The championship was held in Jamshedpur in India from March 5 to March 10.

The Chairman of the Bhutan Olympic Committee, the former Works and Human Settlement Minister Kunzang Dorji awarded cash prizes to the archers who won medals during the 2nd South Asian Archery Championship.

Tashi Peljor who won a bronze medal in the individual men’s category, received a cash prize of Nu. 30,000. In women’s category, Dorji Dema won a silver medal and Dorji Dolma got a bronze medal. They received Nu. 50,000 and Nu. 30,000 respectively. Both the men team and the women’s team received Nu. 30,000 each for winning silver medals in the team events.

Two of the medal winners, Tashi Peljor and Dorji Dema will be participating in Beijing Olympics in August this year. They said they hope to bring home medals from the Beijing Olympics.

The Chairman of the Bhutan Olympic Committee said the Bhutanese archers have made Bhutan proud. He said there is a need to increase the number of archers, train them, and give them incentives to encourage them to perform better.

Including Bhutan, five countries took part in South Asian Archery Championship. Eight Bhutanese archers, four women and four men took part in the championship.

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