The Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) is the event organizer and director for the Bhutan International Marathon. Their vision is to expand their development of running as a flourishing sport for the Bhutanese, as well as offer International competitors an opportunity to experience the beauty and culture of Bhutan through a unique sporting exchange.
100% of the profits made through this event will support Bhutan’s Youth and Olympic sports programs.
The BOC advocates sports for health and wellness for all, and as a means of sustaining personal happiness. Competitive sports can be an extension of health, wellness and growth of happiness, for those who wish to compete. The Royal Family including His Royal Highness, Prince Jigyel Ugyel Wangchuck, the President of the BOC, are all fit sports advocates and in full support of the Bhutan International Marathon.
The BOC was created in November 1983. Bhutan participated for the first time in the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles wherein 6 Archers represented Bhutan in the Archery discipline.
The Bhutan Olympic Committee is one of the 205 National Olympic Committees (NOC) created by the Olympic Organization. The objective of the NOC is to “develop, promote and protect the Olympic Movement in the country…”
Today, Fifteen National Sports Federations are affiliated under the BOC.
In order to bring a coordinated approach for development of sports, an institutional review of the sports sector was conducted through the first ever nation-wide Bhutan Sports Baseline Survey 2010 (BSBS, 2010). Through intensive research during 2010 and 2011, a Strategic Vision and Road Map was formulated for organized sports development (SRM), to overcome the sector’s inherent weaknesses and deliver strategic, high performance outcomes for Gross National Happiness.
Excellence through Sports for All.
Establish a representative, organized sports system that delivers sports and recreation for all.