The ninth National Games which were to be held in Gandaki province have been postponed to October 14-20.
The country’s top sports executive body, the National Sports Council (NSC), had previously announced the National Games would be held from June 5-11. But holding a press conference at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) on Tuesday, Sports Minister Maheshwar Jung Gahatraj informed that the Games had been postponed for four months.
This is the third time the multi-sport event has been postponed. The event was originally scheduled to take place in March 2021, but was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although Nepal started the country’s mega sporting event in 1982 with the intention of holding them every two years, sports authorities have been unable to stick to the schedule since 1986. [third] editing.
According to Gahatraj, the Games were postponed by the Cabinet Meeting as proposed by the NSC due to insufficient preparations. “Although the player selection process for the Games has already started, we did not have enough time to hold it in June because we have to go through a public procurement law to meet the budget, so the time is too short to accommodate next month,” said Gahatraj.
Gahatraj further added that hosts Gandaki complained about the lack of time for preparations as they were still being selected. “Madhes Province also suggested that we postpone the Games as the provincial NSC has not yet been formed there. The Games were also affected by the elections at the local level. also been coupled with the Games,” said Gahatraj.
“Additionally, the 19th Asian Games (ASIAD) has also been postponed for a year and the Games will serve as the final selection event for Asiad, so it was easy for us to postpone the Games,” Gahatraj said.
Meanwhile, NSC has already decided to include 38 games including two exhibition events at the National Games. Shot put and canyoning were included as exhibition games.
Apart from them, athletics, badminton, table tennis, cricket, football, tennis, hockey, boxing, volleyball, kabaddi, weightlifting, shooting, gymnastics , swimming, handball, judo, wrestling, soft tennis, squash, taekwondo, wushu, basketball, bodybuilding, chess, kho kho, karate, full contact karate, ITF taekwondo, sepak takraw, golf, archery, cycling, fencing, triathlon, paragliding and rugby were included. All events will have male and female categories.