The Tibetan Olympics 2008 (Tibetan : བོད་མིའི་རྩེད་འགྲན་ཆེན་མོ་, Wylie : bod-mii rtsed-'gran chen-mo) was held from 15 to 25 May 2008 in Dharamsala, in northern India. Its purpose was to ensure that Tibetans could also celebrate the excitement of world's biggest sporting event – the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing – following the approach of sports and communication.
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The event was announced at a press conference in McLeod Ganj on 15 May 2007.There were two championships – Men and Women. Twenty-three participants competed, ten women and 13 men. Each participant took part in ten different sports, which included long-distance running, swimming, shooting, archery, and track and field events. The winners of the Women's Championships were Tsering Lhamo, First place, Dhartso Kyi, Second place, and Dolkar Tso, Third place. Winners of the men's championships were Dorji Tsering, First place, Dawa Dakpa, Second place, and Tenzin Choephel, Third place.
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