Bhutan will com­pete in Spe­cial Olympic World Sum­mer Games

Bhutan Times - - Sport - Sonam Pen­jor

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.

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