KATHMANDU, Jan 1: The decade in Nepali sports ended with a lot of ups and downs, but certainly the 51 gold medals it won in the 13th South Asian Games, that concluded December, has given a sense of belief that it could achieve similar feats in the upcoming events.
KATHMANDU, Jan 1: The past year was eventful in a number of ways. The year was marked by the government’s attempt to muzzle the press and curtail freedom of expression, by major scandals involving top officials, high-profile visits of foreign dignitaries, inter and intra-party political conflicts, and controversies surrounding a new political map released by India and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
The year 2019 is bidding goodbye and we are entering New Year 2020 today. Looking back, there have been few positive happenings and several disappointing indicators for Nepal in 2019. To start with positives, the much-awaited visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping took place this year.
With the South Asian Games (SAG) over, it is high time we reflected on the achievements of Nepal and started a conversation to chart a roadmap for the future of sports in the country. It is an exciting time for the sports in the country as athletes with zero or very little support from the government won the highest number of gold medals ever in South Asian level. Throughout the games, you could see sheer joy and excitement in the streets, something so contagious that also got hold of those folks that are normally dismissive or simply uninterested of anything related to sports.
The 13th South Asian Games (SAG), which concluded on Tuesday, has given Nepal many reasons to celebrate but this is also the moment for the country to reflect on where we have failed to give proper boost to sports sector, if we are to maintain this progress record and if we are to make this sector shine further in the future.
KATHMANDU, Dec 11: Nepal completed its most successful South Asian Games (SAG) with a record 51 golds, 20 more than the record total tally at the eighth edition of the event, with a momentous closing ceremony held at the Dasharath Stadium in Tripureshwar on Tuesday.
KATHMANDU, Dec 10: India won 18 gold medals in the total of 20 categories in shooting. In the competition for 60 gold categories, India added 18 golds, seven silvers and four bronzes winning a total of 29 medals.
KATHMANDU, DEC 10: Bangladesh U-23 batsmen chased cautiously to secure their first gold medal in the 13th South Asian Games (SAG), defeating Sri Lanka U-23 by seven wickets in the final match played at TU Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Monday. Bangladesh completed the target of 123 runs in 18.1 overs by seven wickets.
KATHMANDU, Dec 9: Gaurika Singh became the most successful female athlete of Nepal at the South Asian Games (SAG) history as the teen swimmer has taken her gold tally to three in the ongoing edition of the competition.
POKHARA, Dec 9: Bangladesh won the gold in the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) women’s cricket competition whereas Nepali bowler Anjali Chand, who made world record in the match against Maldives, has been awarded the best bowler of the tournament.
POKHARA, Dec 9: In a historic event, Nepal women's national handball team secured silver medal after reaching the final of the sports discipline for the first time in 13th South Asian Games held in Pokhara’s multi-purpose covered hall on Sunday.
KATHMANDU, Dec 9: Judoka Devika Khadka clinched the gold medal in women’s 52 kg weight category as Nepal secured four silvers and three bronzes at the Army Physical Fitness and Training Center in Lagankhel at the ongoing South Asian Games (SAG) on Sunday.
KATHMANDU, Dec 9: Gaurika Singh has eclipsed the record of all other Nepali athletes in the South Asian Games (SAG) with her medal haul in the ongoing regional sporting extravaganza. She has achieved the feat of becoming the only Nepali athlete to clinch three gold medals in a single edition of SAG.
KATHMANDU, Dec 8: Bir Bahadur Mahara, who won a gold medal for Nepal, defeating Pakistan’s Muhamad Faheem in Taekwondo in the ongoing South Asian Games (SAG), would probably be sweating it out in the searing heat of some Gulf country now had he not joined the Nepal Police six years ago. Or he would have ended up like his elder brother, toiling away as a laborer in some Indian town.
KATHMANDU, Dec 6: National cricket team captain Gyanendra Malla inspired Nepal to a thumping win of 141-run against T20I debutants Bhutan during the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) group stage match being held at TU Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Thursday. Bhutan was limited to 95 runs in 20 overs for the loss of six wickets.
KATHMANDU, Dec 6: Sri Lanka thwarted India’s dominance on day three as it bagged four gold medals in athletics of the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) on the day when Nepal failed to add a single medal after a dismal overall performance on Thursday.