The Bhutanese Archery Federation is brimming with potential. The organisation has taken significant strides over the past few years, implementing development programmes for para archery and the national team with an eye toward the future.

It has been a global effort. In 2018, Bhutan hired a foreign coach in Park Young Sook – better known as Sally – a Los Angeles 1984 Olympian who has blossomed into a renowned coach.

Bhutan made its Olympic archery debut in 1984 at the same Games in which the nation’s new coach competed. It has sent at least one archer to compete in every Olympic archery competition – via universality invitation after quotas were introduced in 1996 – ever since.

Under coach Sally, Bhutan has now gone one step further, with female archer Karma – who shot in Rio with an invitation place – winning the country’s first Olympic quota in any sport at last year’s Asian continental qualification tournament.

Sally had previously built an Olympic pathway from scratch in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, and shaped Areneo David into a world-class archer seemingly overnight for his appearance at Rio 2016.

That journey was the subject of the Korean documentary Hello from Malawi, which is available to watch in full on World Archery’s Youtube channel.

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