Tibetan Olympics 2008

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Tibetan Olympics 2008
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Location Dharamsala

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. [1]

Tibetan script abugida used to write the Tibetic languages and others

The Tibetan script is an abugida of Indic origin used to write the Tibetic languages such as Tibetan, as well as Dzongkha, Sikkimese, Ladakhi and sometimes Balti. The printed form is called uchen script while the hand-written cursive form used in everyday writing is called umê script.

Wylie transliteration Method for transliterating Tibetan script

The Wylie transliteration system is a method for transliterating Tibetan script using only the letters available on a typical English language typewriter. It bears the name of American tibetologist Turrell V. Wylie, who described the scheme in an article, A Standard System of Tibetan Transcription, published in 1959. It has subsequently become a standard transliteration scheme in Tibetan studies, especially in the United States.

Olympic Games Major international sport event

The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.


The event was announced at a press conference in McLeod Ganj on 15 May 2007. [2] 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. [3] 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.

Lobsang Wangyal Productions is behind the event. This company, established in 2000, produces many other art and entertainment events including the Miss Tibet pageant, a film festival, and others, in Mcleod Ganj, India.

Miss Tibet is an annual beauty pageant held in McLeod Ganj, India. It is produced by Lobsang Wangyal Productions.

Relevance to Tibetan culture and politics

The Tibetan Olympics 2008 event has aroused some controversy in the Tibetan community and outside of it also. [4] The Tibetan Government-in-exile has dissociated itself from the event. [5] The organiser himself states that the purpose of the event is not political, but "is an initiative to let Tibetans join in the celebration of the spirit of the biggest international sports event." [6]

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