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Living by the bow

The beloved national sport of archery is a way of life for some 800,000 people in the small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, and is steeped in legends about how bows and arrows were used to hunt prey and destroy demons and evil spirits

By Abhaya Srivastava  /  AFP, THIMPHU, Bhutan

The Bhutan Archery Federation recently started a program to train and encourage children to take up the sport.

In a shot in the arm for traditional archery, two Bhutanese athletes won gold medals at the historical World Archery championship held in August in Hungary.

“It was a great experience to compete with some 300 archers from all over the world,” said gold-medallist Damcho Wangdi.

“It showed traditional archery can be revived as many countries in Europe and Asia have some history of playing with bows and arrows.

“And with our rich archery history and culture Bhutan can lead the way.”

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