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Bhutan NOC celebrates AYG virtual torch relay


13 Jun 2013
Thimphu, Bhutan: On the 27th day of its journey across Asia, the virtual torchbearer and mascot of the 2nd Asian Youth Games, Yuan Yuan, arrived in Bhutan on June 5. To promote and support the Nanjing AYG, which will take place from August 16-24, the Bhutan Olympic Committee invited all youth athletes and selected students from the cities of Thimphu and Paro to participate in a series of mini relays.

The virtual torch relay called in at several of Bhutan's most historic sites and landmarks, highlighting the beauty, history and culture of the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

In Thimphu, more than 900 students from Motithang Higher Secondary School, Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School, Pelkhil School and the Royal Thimphu College all took part in the relay, in addition to about 25 athletes who are preparing for the 2nd AYG.

In Paro, 500 students and trainees from Shaba Middle Secondary School and the Paro College of Education joined in the fun. Twenty-five athletes and coaches, accompanied by a team from the Bhutan Olympic Committee, travelled along with Yuan Yuan all the way. 

After a 24-hour journey, full of fun and intensive engagement with nearly 1,500 youth and people of all backgrounds across the two cities, the citizens of Bhutan wished Yuan Yuan a safe journey across the remaining cities of Asia and saw the official mascot of the 2nd AYG depart for Dhaka.
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