KATHMANDU, Aug 11: Minister for Youth and Sports Rajendra Kumar KC has laid the foundation stone of a 25×25 hitting system swimming pool at the Satdobato Swimming Complex in Lalitpur, on Friday.
At the event, Minister KC said that the new swimming pool was connected with the prestige of Nepal and said that the preparations should be completed on time at any cost.
“The hitting system pool would cost Rs 336 million which is a good initiative on the part of the swimming association,” KC said: “Everyone should take it seriously. This is a very crucial thing for us and I believe it can be of great aid to the development of sports in the country.’’
“Everyone should do their part. Contractor’s works, our efforts, mobilization of works, the time frame, and the quality should not be compromised,” he said, adding: “The work should be completed at any cost. ‘’
Stating that resources may not be a constraint for the construction, he said that the total estimated cost of the swimming pool could be increased to Rs 350 million.
KC further added that the South Asian Games (SAG) is just around the corner and the swimming pool could be of big help for it. He promised not to let lack of resources come in the way of preparations. He was very concerned about the completion of work.
He said: “SAG is a must and everyone should be serious about it. What will happen to our prestige if we failed to organize the games?’’
Likewise, President of the Nepal Swimming Association Ashok Bajracharya said that a lot could be achieved through swimming and the new swimming pool could be immensely helpful for the national games.
Member Secretary of Nepal Sports Council (NSC) Keshav Kumar Bista added that 20% of the costs would be contributed from the association, while 80% will come from NSC with the help of the Government of Nepal.
Bista appreciated the sports spirit of the minister and said that Nepali sports had got a good leader who could lead the country’s sports ahead.