Karma – Female Archer From Bhutan Qualified For Tokyo 2020 Olympic Quota

Email

Karma has been specialising in Olympics-style archery since 2009.

(Source: Facebook/World Archery)

 

By Staff Reporter | Kuensel

Karma, a female archer, became the first Bhutanese athlete to qualify for an Olympic quota. 

Currently ranked 467 in the world, she is one of the elite archers in the country today.

The 29-year-old archer won a spot in the recurve women’s archery for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics during the Asian continental qualification tournament held in Bangkok on 28 November 2019. 

Six spots were also awarded to archers from India, Iran, Mongolia and Vietnam  during the recent tournament. 

Karma has been specialising in Olympics-style archery since 2009 and has taken part in more than a dozen international competitions, winning medals for the country. She made her international debut in 2012 at the London Olympics.

 

 Source: Youtube/World Archery 

 

Archery, also known as ‘Dha’ is Bhutan’s national sport. The country has competed in every Olympic archery tournament since the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

Karma impressed with her skills

However, it has always received universality invitations (these invitations are awarded to smaller or developing sporting nations to ensure diversity at the Games). Karma received one of these free tickets for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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

Therefore the qualification tournament in Bangkok was critical and Karma did not fail to impress.

She defeated Rand Saad Al Mashhadani (Iraq) and Niloofar Alipoor (Iran) with a score of 6-2 and Waraporn Phutdee (Thailand) by 6-4.

“It’s a dream come true for me to be a part of the Olympics. Every athlete in the world dreams to be on the grandest stage of all and I’m very lucky to have gotten this opportunity,” said Karma.

 

This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.

 

 


Related Posts

Meet Jojo Kinley – An Inspiring 81 Years Old Archer From Bhutan

“We feel so happy to see an 81-year-old playing among us. We feel privileged to play with him."

Sep 04, 2019 23:08

Female Archer Dorji Dema Hopes To Inspire More Women To Take Up...

Dorji Dema, a mother of three is among the first women in Bhutan to play in an archery tournament.

Nov 05, 2018 08:11

Bhutanese Female Archer makes a Comeback

Sherab Zam is a former national archer with the Bhutan Archery Federation. The 35-year-old retired in 2013 to become a...

Oct 06, 2017 07:03

Bhutanese Archers Won Two Gold And A Silver Medal At the World...

The World Historical Archery Championship was held at Gyula, Hungary from August 13 – 19.

Sep 01, 2018 14:53

Archery Players in Bumthang Plead for Support

“Bumthang has four or five archery ranges but none is for traditional tournament. So we feel that there is not much...

Oct 27, 2017 12:19

Bhutanese Athletes Preparing For The Tokyo Olympics

Japanese coaches and experts will visit Bhutan to train the athletes in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

May 05, 2018 15:46

Latest

News

USD 25.3m Green Climate Fund To Address Climate Change Adaption In Bhutan

The project can help address climate change adaptation challenges facing Bhutan, particularly in the agriculture sector.

Jan 15, 2020 16:28

Bhutan’s Target To Become A 100% Organic Nation By 2020 Delayed – Pushed To 2035

Efforts to translate Bhutan’s organic vision into reality has met with various challenges thus far.

Jan 04, 2020 23:28

Features

Bhutan’s Government Ramped Up Support For More To Drive Electric Vehicles, Help Reduce Harmful Emissions

The dealers and the manager have given the taxi drivers their guarantee on battery and the important parts of the EV.

Jan 16, 2020 23:28

Pangri Zampa Lhakhang - The College of Astrology

Locals visit the monastery every year to learn about their yearly predictions about their luck, money, health, career and many more....

Jan 15, 2020 09:46

Sports

Karma – Female Archer From Bhutan Qualified For Tokyo 2020 Olympic Quota

Karma has been specialising in Olympics-style archery since 2009.

Nov 30, 2019 13:18

Bhutan’s Pelden Wangchuk Wins 10th Edition Of Tour 0f Dragon Mountain Bike Race

This year, the race also saw the highest number of female participants compared to past years.

Sep 10, 2019 01:08

Business

Economic Roadmap Needed To Steer Bhutan Towards Higher GDP Growth

The Lyonchhen said that the economic figures will improve in 2020 as 70 percent of the capital investments still lie unused.

Jan 17, 2020 23:38

Celebrating Bhutan’s entrepreneurs: Tashi Wangdi of iHub

This story is part of an exclusive feature by Yeewong Magazine in Dec 2018 on celebrating entrepreneurship in Bhutan.

Jan 12, 2020 23:38

Travel

Forging the Unbeaten Trail Towards Wangdue Nye

When you dedicate year 2020 to hike on unbeaten trails in Bhutan.

Jan 21, 2020 10:58

Make Your Own Personalised Stamps And Discover Bhutan’s Postal History At The Postal Museum

The Bhutan Postal Museum in Thimphu is also a major tourist attraction.

Jan 18, 2020 21:08

Lifestyle

Relish Your Taste Buds With 8 Delectable Bhutanese Staple Food

One of the best places to try authentic Bhutanese cuisine is through a homestay, where you will get to sample what most locals eat at home.

Jan 19, 2020 21:08

Here’s What it is like inside Hotel River Valley, Punakha in Bhutan

River Valley Hotel offers professional and customer oriented services and thereby has become the leading hotel in the region ’. Experience...

Jan 05, 2020 10:48

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!

Download Daily Bhutan Mobile App

Connecting with us just got easier!