Staff reporter

Bhutan Olympic Committee  (BOC) was awarded Druk Thuksey in recognition of its contributions to promoting sports and enabling numerous Bhutanese athletes to excel in sporting events abroad.

Established in 1983, the BOC has played a pivotal role in fostering sports excellence and participation in Bhutan.

Formally succeeding the National Sports Association of Bhutan in 1983, BOC gained international recognition from the International Olympic Committee later that year. 

With a vision of “Excellence through Sports for All,” BOC’s mission is to establish a representative and organised sports system delivering recreation for all. 

The committee operates under a strategic plan spanning 20 years, with objectives encompassing sports governance, human resource development, infrastructure, financial sustainability, media, sports for all, and strategic partnerships. 

Affiliated to the International Olympic Committee and Olympic Council of Asia, BOC, led by HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, oversees 16 National Sports Federations, five Sports Associations, and 15 District Sports Associations, contributing significantly to the development and promotion of sports in Bhutan. 

The President of the BOC, HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, received an award on behalf of the committee. 

Between 2018 and 2023, 138 national athletes participated in international competitions and obtained  69 medals.