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Bhutan’s youth points the way to a bright future

26 Feb 2013
Thimphu, Bhutan, February 23, 2013: The Olympic Council of Asia believes Bhutan has a bright future thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of the youth and their thirst for knowledge. The head of the OCA delegation for the Fun Learn and Youth Reporter Project, Vahid Kardany, told the official press conference on Saturday that the organisers had enjoyed two “wonderful” days in the capital Thimphu.

“This was the eighth Asian Games Youth Reporter Project we have conducted and the youngsters were very enthusiastic and eager to learn. As a result of this we have a 14-year-old young lady winning the prize,” he said.

“Regarding the Fun Learn quiz on Friday, everyone was keen and wanted to know and wanted to participate. This was particularly noticeable in the students who were eliminated along the way; they still wanted to stay and learn more about the Asian Games. “I am sure Bhutan has a wonderful future, especially in sports.”

For the first time in the Fun Learn quiz, students were given an anti-doping presentation to warn them of the dangers of drugs in sport and life. It was conducted by Park Joo Hee, a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Education Committee and of the OCA Anti-Doping Commission.

When asked about the OCA support for Bhutan’s sports development, Mr Kardany explained that Bhutan had received funding towards three projects from Olympasia – a joint initiative between the OCA and the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity. Olympasia began in 2001 and selects four National Olympic Committees each year to receive funding for Olympic-related sports infrastructure and facilities.

A newly opened artificial turf football pitch is proving extremely popular from early morning to late at night, but more facilities are needed to lift Bhutan sport as a whole, he added.
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