Karma, a female archer, became the first Bhutanese athlete to qualify for an Olympic quota.
The 29-year-old archer booked a spot in the recurve women’s archery at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics during the Asian continental qualification tournament held in Bangkok yesterday.
Karma has been specialising in Olympics-style archery since 2009 and has taken part in more than a dozen international competitions, winning medals for the country. She made her international debut in 2012 at the London Olympics.
Bhutanese archers have been competing in every Olympic since 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. However, the participations have been through invitations and wild card entries.
In an earlier interview with Kuensel, she said that, “It’s a dream come true for me to be a part of the Olympics. Every athlete in the world dreams to be on the grandest stage of all and I’m very lucky to have got this opportunity.”
Karma is one of the elite archers in the country today. She is currently ranked 467 in the world.
Meanwhile, archers from India, Iran, Mongolia and Vietnam also secured Olympic quotas in Bangkok during the tournament.