Competitions are held across the country on various auspicious days each month before culminating in national championships attended by hundreds of raucous fans. “Alcohol and archery go hand in hand,” said Tashi Dorji, the research and development officer with the Bhutan Indigenous Games and Sports Association (BIGSA). We have a belief that if we drink we can hit the target better,” the 25-year-old said, barely hiding a sheepish grin. Opponents often plant women in the stands to distract the rivals,” said Ygyen Dorji, a mental health counselor and archery enthusiast. “The ladies mimic you, try to pull you down and one has to concentrate hard as pride and honor are at stake.”Fellow participant Karma Tshering said Bhutanese archers were not aspiring to global acclaim.
Source: Taipei Times October 08, 2018 15:56 UTC