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9th National Games : Gandaki Province Gears Up Preparations

Gandaki Province has stepped up its preparations for the 9th National Games Tournament to be held on coming October 14-20.

Several committees formed by the National Sports Council – the key responsible agency for conducting national games and the Gandaki Sports Council have advanced preparations for the national sports event.

Selection of sports ground, players and training are being carried out now. The NSC-constituted sports ground management sub-committee has made on-site inspection of sports infrastructure in the districts of the Gandaki Province.

Though most of the sports events are to be held in Pokhara and Pokhara Stadium, NSC is also mooting to host at least one event in each district of the province. This is mulled for increasing ownership of national sports in all 11 districts of the province, NSC sources said.

Sub-Committee Vice-Chairperson Rajesh Gurung said the national tournament which is taking place in Pokhara after a hiatus of four decades has elated the province residents.

He shared that the decision would be made on sports ground by August 31. The decision to that effect would be done keeping into consideration the status of residential facility, hospital, transport and security situation in the proposed districts having sports infrastructure.

The sub-committee has made a plan also to utilize sports infrastructures of private sector rather not being limited to the government-constructed infrastructures. NSC has already decided to conduct 38 games, including 36 national sports and two demonstrations.

Men’s football tournament along with men’s and women’s sports events of athletics, boxing, weight lifting, volley ball, badminton, wushu, hand ball, hockey, squash and shooting are proposed to be held in Pokhara.

Likewise, other sports event proposed to be held in Pokhara are gymnastic, lawn tennis, soft tennis, cricket, cycling, archery, swimming, gulf, physical fitness, paragliding and triathlon under men’s and women’s category.

Among other proposed sports ground are Waling of Syangja for women’s football, Baglung for Taekwondo (men’s and women’s), Lamjung for Karante (men’s and women’s), Mustang for Table Tennis (men’s and women’s), Nawalpur for Kabaddi, Kusti and Khoko (men’s and women’s) and Gorkha for Judo and Sepakata (men’s and women’s), shared office chief of Western Regional Sports Development Committee, Laxman Yogi.

The duet folk song competition is also to be held in Pokhara.

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