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Archer Karma secures Bhutan’s first ever Olympic quota

Nov 28, 2019

Karma, 29, becomes the first athlete from Bhutan to qualify for Olympic quota place in any sport. She won a recurve women’s archery spot for Tokyo 2020 during the Asian continental qualification tournament held in Bangkok today.

Today Karma is coached by a Korean Olympian Sally Park who is also a head coach in Bhutan. She started specialising in Olympics-style archery since 2009 and made her international debut in 2012.

Bhutan has competed in every Olympic archery tournament since Los Angeles in 1984 but always received universality invitations. These invitations are awarded to developing sporting nations to ensure diversity at the games. Karma had one of these free tickets for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

With the number of universality tickets being reduced from three per gender at Rio 2016 to two in Tokyo 2020, there was no certainty that Bhutan would continue to receive free quota.

Samten Dolkar 

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