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The Athens Olympiad: Bhutan to compete in archery
Archers Tshering Choden and Tashi Peljor will be representing Bhutan in the 28th Olympiad in Athens, Greece, from August 13-29, the first Olympic Games of the new millennium.
For Tashi Peljor it is his first time representing Bhutan at the Olympics and for Tshering Chhoden, her second. She along with veteran, Jubzang, represented Bhutan in the 2000 Olympiad in Sydney. Both were knocked out in the first elimination round.

The elimination round of the archery event will be held from August 15 - 21. In the first elimination round, 32 players out of the 64 will be eliminated and in the second round 16 more will be eliminated. The elimination round will continue till two players are left to battle for the gold and silver medals. Two student athletes, Kunzang Chhoden and Sonam Tobgay will be accompanying the archers to participate in the Olympic Youth Camp. The two students will join students aged between 16-18 years from other Olympic member countries during the Games. "It will be a cultural experience for the two students," said Bhutan Olympic Committee Secretary General, D.K. Chhetri.

The president of the Bhutan Olympic committee, Lyonpo Thinley Gyamtsho will be leading the Bhutanese delegation of athletes and officials to the Games.

There are 202 International Olympic Committee (IOC) - recognised National Olympic Committees and all member countries are expected to participate in the first Olympiad of the new millennium. The 2004 Games also marks the return of the Olympic Games to their birthplace, Athens, where the first Olympics were held.
BOC was recognised as a National Olympic Committee in November 1983 based on a decision taken at the Executive Board Meeting held in Lausanne, Switzerland. Bhutan participated in the Olympics for the first time in the 1984 Los Angeles Games where three men and three women archers represented Bhutan.

By Tshering Choden

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