Bhutan will compete in Special Olympic World Summer Games
Four Bhutanese athletes will leave the country tomorrow to compete the Special Olympic World Summer Games 2015 to be held at Los Angeles, USA.
The two male and two female athletes are from Draktsho Vocational Training Center for Special Children and Youth.
The Bhutanese athletes will compete in five events which include 100 and 200 meter races, long jump, shot put and the 100 meter mixed relay race.
Among the four, Pelden, 31, participated in the same Olympics at Athens, Greece, in 2011, where he won gold and silver medals in mixed relay race.
“I’ve won before, so I think I’ll also win this time,” said Pelden who is going to the Olympics with optimism.
Kinley Sonam Zangmo, 21, said that she also hopes to win in some of the events she will be participating in. “I’m aiming for the gold,” she said confidently.
The Coach of the Bhutanese team who is also the Deputy Director of Draktsho, Deki Zam, is also optimistic of the athletes winning.
“I’m sure they will win something,” she said, “but it’s not only about winning. It is also about participating and sharing our knowledge and culture with them.”
The Bhutanese team will compete with 6,500 athletes from 165 countries during the two weeks Olympics.
Another coach of the athletes, Kinzang Dorji, from Bhutan Amateur Athletic Federation, said that it is very difficult to coach the athletes given their special needs. However, he is also hopeful that the athletes will win some accolades.
“This participation would not have been possible without the support from the His Majesty the King and the Gyaltshuen, Christmas Record Grant Funding, Bhutan Foundation, Bhutan Olympic Committee and Tashi Beverages, Coca ColaBhutan.
While the BOC and the Tashi Beverages, Coca Cola- Bhutan will be supporting the uniforms for the team.