KATHMANDU, July 23: A seven-member national table tennis team has left for India for a month-long training course in New Delhi in preparation of the upcoming 18th Asian Games that is scheduled to be held from August 18 to September 2 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The team will leave directly to Indonesia after the conclusion of the training.
President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) Jeevan Ram Shrestha, including other committee members, bade farewell to the team on Sunday amidst a function in Kathmandu.
On the occasion, Shrestha said that table tennis is a game where Nepal is capable of getting good results and claiming many medals.
“The team is leaving for India for a training course that will help us in preparing for participation in the Asian Games,’’ Shrestha said.
“The advanced training methods used therein will help us do well and win medals in the games.”
“Table tennis has also been a sport that is capable of bringing many medals to the country. Much has been achieved in this sport than others,” he added. “We will gain experience from the Asian Games and that will be used when we host the South Asian Games (SAG) next year.”
“We are having speedy preparations for the SAG,” Shrestha further added. “The participation in the Asian Games will be a warm-up for the same.”
“The training will not only make the players more fit, but also boost their confidence. Our players will be prepared for the tournament with better form and enhanced mental and physical fitness,” he said.
Shrestha further added that the government is positive and serious toward organizing the SAG, and it has extended full support to the committee for that reason.
“The committee has been working very hard to organize the games, and we are fully supported by the government.
We are representing the nation and we hope our players will be able to bring medals to the country,’’ Shrestha said.
“The games will help the player in gaining experience not just for the Asian Games, but for the SAG too. We hope that the players will also make new records.”