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Tibetans Hold Alternative Olympics

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Published on May 24, 2008

CHEN:
And Tibetan exiles living in India hold their own Olympics to highlight their 'freedom struggle'. Lets see how they go:

STORY:
The Tibetan Olympics started yesterday in the hilly resort of Satovari near the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile, ahead of the Beijing Olympics in August.

The four-day long Tibetan Olympics will consist of ten events including
shooting, archery, swimming, running, high jump and long jump.

[Lobsang Wangyal, Director of Tibetan Olympics]:
"All the participants, they will do 10 different sports. So we will have all rounders instead of individual sports. So all these 10 games will be done in four days. The finale will be on 25th of this month which is Sunday."

The organizers say Tibetan youth in exile have a lot of sports talent, which they are not able to showcase because they cannot participate in Beijing.

[Choephel, Competitor]:
"I think this is the best stage for Tibetan students for we have so many talented students who don't get chance to show their talent in the field. We are very thankful, especially to Lobsang."

There will be two categories of event - one Tibetan and the other International.

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