Ninth National Games: Preparations kick off in Pokhara

Preparations have been started for the ninth National Games to be held in Pokhara, the capital city of Gandaki province.

Preparation works for the Games have been moved ahead after it was confirmed that the ninth National Games would be held from October 14 to 20, in Gandaki province, mainly in Pokhara. The Games was postponed from time to time due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lately the local level election.

The Gandaki province has got the opportunity to host the National Games after about four decades. It had organised the second edition of the largest national sporting event in 2040 BS.

Activities like inspection of the sports infrastructure and athlete training have been pursued after the division of works and the responsibilities and announcing of the date of the Games by the National Sports Council (NSC).

In this connection, the sports venue management sub-committee formed by NSC has observed the various playgrounds and sports infrastructures in Kaski for some days under the leadership of the sub-committee coordinator and NSC member Rajesh Kumar Gurung. A team of the sub-committee has inspected the Sahara Club’s football ground, the Gosteghat playground at Pokhara-19, and the Mahendra Secondary School playground at Machhapuchchhre rural municipality, the Gauri Shankar playground at Hemja and the Nepali Army’s playground.

Coordinator Gurung said that although the competitions under the ninth National Games would be held in Pokhara stadium itself, the sub-committee is in the process of scoping the practice ground for the participating teams. According to him, the covered halls and playgrounds constructed in several wards of the Pokhara metropolis would be maximally utilised for this purpose.

“We have moved forward the preparatory works from now for organising the 9nth National Games which remains as the country’s prestige in a grand manner. We have started monitoring the sports venues and we will assess the status of the sports structures and what needs to be done. We plan to provide the best possible facilities to the participating teams for them to practice and prepare,” Gurung said.

The Gandaki Province Sports Council also has started preparations for the National Games. Although the main responsibility for the sports event lies with NSC under the federal government, the Province Sports Council is equally enthusiastic and is actively involved in the preparatory works to make the Games successful.

Province Sports Council’s member-secretary Tej Bahadur Gurung said the Council’s plenary meeting on Monday allocated different responsibilities to the Council officials for facilitating the successful conduction of the ninth National Games and the various sports competitions under it to be organised in Gandaki province. (RSS)