Bhutan Indigenous Games and Sports Association
To preserve and promote the national sport of archery in the country the National Archery Federation of Bhutan was established in the 1970’s. When Bhutan decided to become a member of International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1983, another organization called the Bhutan Archery Federation to look after Olympic archery was also established along with four other national sports federations. It was in 1996 when former Lyonpo (Minister), Kinzang Dorji was appointed as President of the National Archery Federation of Bhutan, the two federations were merged under one organization called Bhutan Archery Federation to look after both traditional and international archery.
In 2010, the BOC decided to place traditional archery and imported equipments, under the responsibility of BIGSA and maintain Olympic Archery under Bhutan Archery Federation.
To safeguard traditional Bhutanese games and sports from being eroded and eclipsed by other popular games and sports, in line with the vision of the Fourth King to preserve and promote the cultural identity, BIGSA was formed and recognized by BOC on 20th July 2002.
Archery and Khuru (darts) have been played by people of Bhutan along time, but it became more popular in the country during the reign of our Second King Druk Gyalpo Jigme Wangchuck.
The games have been popularized in the country through conducting of various tournaments like in the local, Dzongkhag (state), Regional and National levels.
Vision and Mission
Through counducting various tournaments BIGSA aims the following:
- Promote, preserve and popularize indegenious games and sports as part of our cultural identity, and through these, the Bhutanese values associated with the games.
- To encourage every Bhutanese to appreciate and participate in indigenious games and sports
- To provide an outlet to the energy of the Bhutanese Youth and keep them meaningfully occupied.