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Bhutan's Alcohol-Fueled Archery: It's Nothing Like The Olympics

"We drink to loosen up," says one contender in a Bhutanese archery tournament. "Some archers tend to get good aim after drinking!"
Archers indulge in a raucous competition, cheering teammates and jeering opponents. Here archers celebrate with a ritual dance after a teammate hit the narrow target. Source: Image by Tashi Dorji

The host of the Winter Olympics, South Korea, excels in the summer game of archery. They grabbed gold medals in all four categories in Rio.

But the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan may be less than awed. Bhutan claims archery for its national sport, and archers pay no heed to the plunging temperatures of winter when they compete propelling arrows across a field.

And if you think of archery as a decorous game,

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