Sunday, 10 August 2008

Bhutan : Beijing Olympics opens

August 9: The opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics is taking place amidst hot and humid conditions at the Bird's Nest stadium. Two archers from Bhutan will compete in the ranking match today.

Two archers, Tashi Peljor and Dorji Dema from Bhutan are participating in the Olympics. Today, they will compete in the ranking match.

The Bhutanese delegation is led by the former Prime Minister Kinzang Dorji in his capacity as the President of the Bhutan Olympics Committee. The National Assembly member from Athang-Thedtsho constituency Pasang Thrinlee is also attending the programme in his capacity as the Chairman of the Youth and Sports Committee of the parliament.

Two Bhutanese students are also participating in the Olympic Youth Camp. On Thursday, they took part in a team welcome ceremony.

Our reporter Pem Tshering in Beijing says the two Bhutanese archers were practicing in Hongkong for about a month because of lack of facilities in Bhutan. It was also to let the athletes get used to the hot and humid weather conditions there.

Meanwhile, a grand reception banquet was held yesterday afternoon at the Great Hall of the People for the world leaders who are in the Chinese capital to attend the opening ceremony.

Some 15,000 performers and 29,000 fireworks will give the Games a sparkling start.

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