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Tibetans plan their own 2008 Olympics ahead of Beijing

Exiled Tibetans in Dharamsala would be organising their own Olympics ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics to highlight their plight.

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), May 16 : Exiled Tibetans in Dharamsala would be organising their own Olympics ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics to highlight their plight.

The "Tibetan Olympics 2008" scheduled to be held between May15-25, 2008 in Dharamsala. The Tibet Olympic torch is to be carried from New Delhi to Dharamsala.

Lobsang Wangyal the chief organiser of the Tibetan Olympics, said the event would showcase Tibetans' love for sports.

"Tibetans shouldn't be left out. So, the Tibetan Olympics 2008 is to showcase the Tibetan love and enthusiasm for sports and draws people from all over the world together," said, Wangyal, who has started working to raise fund in tune of 3-4 million rupees for organizing the mega event.

Ten disciplines, including swimming, archery, shooting and other track and field events are planned in the Tibetan Olympics.

Tibetan youths said they felt the event would help them to showcase their talents.

"It would be good that the youth living in exile participate in such events. They would think at least we have got this chance," said Passan Dolma, a Tibetan girl.

"One World, One Dream" is the motto for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, scheduled to be held from August 8 to August 24, 2008.

Beijing officials have said the Olympic torch will enter Tibet after ascending the southern slope of Mount Everest -- known in China by its Tibetan name, Qomalangma -- in Nepal.

ANI

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