KATHMANDU, July 8: Nepal Byayam Mandir is set to hold the 14th Dharma Shree Nation-wide Open Bodybuilding Tournament on September 29 and 30 in the capital. The event carries highest prize in the domestic bodybuilding tournaments with the winner taking home Rs 500,000.
Organizing a press meet in Kathmandu on Friday, the host informed that the tournament will feature seven weight categories that include 55kg, 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg and above 80kg.
Narayan Pradhan, president of Byayam Mandir, said that around 400 bodybuilders will vie for the title. However, only two best bodybuilders from each weight categories will make to the final round from the pre-judging round slated for day first.
The final round will be on day second where top finishers in all weight categories will compete for the coveted title.
The over-all winner will receive Rs 500,000 along with trophy. Similarly, runner-up and second runner up will be awarded with Rs 200,000 and Rs 100,000 respectively.
Likewise, fourth to seventh position holders will bag Rs 80,000, Rs 75,000, Rs 60,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively, while second and third finishers in all seven weight categories will each get Rs 20,000 and Rs 15,000.
“There might be increment in cash prizes for the second and third finishers in all seven weight categories,” said Pradhan, who added that tournament will cost nearly Rs 3.4 million.
The Byayam Mandir has been organizing the tournament since 21 years but it has not been held on a regular basis citing financial crunches. “We are unable to hold the tournament regularly due to financial problem. But we will try to continue the event regularly and also increase prize amount in the near future,” he informed.
The host is also planning to host an international level event in the country in the coming years.