August 21, 2019 07:58 AM NPT
Members of women’s handball team attend a training session for the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) inside the multi-purpose covered hall of Pokhara Stadium in Pokhara in this recent photo.
POKHARA, Aug 21: As the handball players are busy in preparations for the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) inside the multi-purpose covered hall of Pokhara Stadium, they are compelled to participate in the training without jerseys.
The players are trained in morning and the evening in their personal kit. The Tribhuvan Army Club players train in the Army kit, while the other departmental and provincial teams’ players train in their regular dresses.
“Training kits are essential but the players are not provided even that,” National Sports Council (NSC)’s Training and Coaching Departmental Chief Arjun BK said after the inspection of the handball training, “The budget has not been released for any game so far. It has not been possible to provide the players the training kits without the budget.”
The Western Regional Sports Development Committee President Sampanna Shrestha admitted that there is a provision of providing the players with the training jerseys compulsorily, it has not been done yet because of the lack of budget. He added that the lack of necessary budget will cause a problem in the construction of the physical infrastructure as well.
“We have asked Om Buddha Nursery to provide saplings to plant in the ground for the greenery. We have already started planting saplings for the greenery in the required areas of the ground,” Shrestha said.
A total of 28 players each from men and women groups are currently in training for handball. Some players are not participating in the training with the team citing personal reasons. Among the women players, some are in India participating in the handball tournament.
The handball training started in Pokhara a few weeks ago for the preparations of the 13th SAG, and it has been confirmed that the handball tournament will be held before the mega event’s formal inaugural.
“We need the training jerseys. We have already asked for it,’’ said player Bishal Basnet, “But, the NSC has not provided it so far.”
Nepal Handball Association President Tej Bahadur Gurung said that even though they have already asked for the equipment for the training, the NSC has not responded yet. He added that despite no support from the NSC they have been getting support from individuals.
He added that the NSC will provide each player participating in the training with Rs 1,400 wage per day.