The Special Olympics in Bhutan was started when a team from Special Olympics Asia Pacific visited Bhutan in November 2008. It was initiated with the right attitude, the drive and the willingness of six people who agreed to take a step forward and introduce Special Olympics to Bhutan.
With no funds and based fully on volunteerism, the Special Olympics Bhutan (SO Bhutan) decided to use Draktsho Vocational Training Centre for Special Children and youth as its base ground for selecting the athletes and using the help of their staff and coaches. Draktsho is an established Civil Society Organization (CSO) targeted at helping people with different types of disabilities through various vocational and life and social skill trainings.
SO Bhutan participated in the first Special Olympics in 2011 which was held in Athens, Greece. With initial support from Special Olympics International, SO Bhutan was able to take a seven member team to the Games (four athletes, two coaches including the Head of Delegation). At the games, SO Bhutan was able to secure gold for the mixed relay competition.
Gold medalist from left Ms.Kinzang, Ms.Tashi Wangmo, Mr.Darjay Wangdi and Mr.Pelden