Tibetan Olympic in India

With the 2008 Beijing Olympics drawing near, we see all kinds of campaigns being put into effect by Tibetans and their supporters worldwide to counteract the systematic and extensive propaganda of the Chinese government.

Earlier on May 15, Lobsang Wangyal productions issued a press release announcing a ten-day "Tibetan Olympics 2008," which is to be "a sporting event for Tibetans to showcase their love and enthusiasm for sports."

Scheduled to be held from 15 to 25 May 2008 in Dharamsala, the event has been formulated to include Tibetans in the spirit of the global sporting event to be hosted by Beijing next year.

torch will be lit on 30 January, Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary, and will be brought up from Gandhi Samadhi in Delhi to McLeod Ganj by a series of Tibetan, Indian, and international runners. In covering the total distance of 600 kms, each runner will carry the torch for a distance of 25 kms before passing it on to a next athlete.

The Tibetan Olympics will comprise of two championships; Male and Female, with 15 participants each, between the ages 15 to 30 and 15 to 25 respectively. All participating sportspersons are to compete in 10 different sports, including long distance running, swimming, shooting, archery, and other track and field events.

The winners in both the categories will win Rs.100000 each while the first runners-up will win Rs.50000 and the second runners-up will win Rs.25000 each.

The budget of the whole event is approximated at Rs. 30 to 40 lakhs (approx. 100, 000 USD). According to Lobsang Wangyal, the fund is yet to be raised.

There would also be a week-long warm-up and training session for the participants before the event.

According to the statement, the event is also planning to include an international category depending on the interest and response from the international community.

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