Sporty Spirit on Republica

Weak foundations?

In less than a month, Nepal´s sports fraternity will be in full attendance at Dhangadi and Mahendranagar. The two cities will host the Sixth National Games from February 26 to March 4. This will be one of the biggest events in the region and the Games will be closely followed nationwide.

However, at a time when sports officials should be involved with the nitty gritty, they are said to be busy ensuring timely completion of the sports facilities for the Games. There are media reports, almost every day, that the facilities are being built in hurry to ensure that they are somehow ready by the time the big event is due. Also, these reports hint at substandard materials being used in the constructions. Continue reading

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Sporty Spirit on Republica

Weak foundations?

In less than a month, Nepal´s sports fraternity will be in full attendance at Dhangadi and Mahendranagar. The two cities will host the Sixth National Games from February 26 to March 4. This will be one of the biggest events in the region and the Games will be closely followed nationwide.

However, at a time when sports officials should be involved with the nitty gritty, they are said to be busy ensuring timely completion of the sports facilities for the Games. There are media reports, almost every day, that the facilities are being built in hurry to ensure that they are somehow ready by the time the big event is due. Also, these reports hint at substandard materials being used in the constructions. Continue reading

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Sporty Spirit on Republica

On Binod Das

Binod Das is out of the national team! On Tuesday, Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) announced the preliminary squad for the World Cup Twenty20 Qualifiers, axing former captain Binod.

This is the first time in almost 13 years that the cricketer from Bara was not considered for a team he is qualified to play for. This alone speaks a lot about his contribution to cricket in Nepal. Continue reading

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Sporty Spirit on Republica

Hail NPC!

Nepal Police Club (NPC) was confirmed as winner of the A Division National Football League with a game in hand after Three Star Club held Manang Marshyangdi Club (MMC) for a 1-1 draw at the ANFA Technical Center Ground, Butwal.

MMC needed a victory to make its last match against NPC a title decider, but, despite a big chance to make it happen, its foreign player Zambo missed a penalty few minutes before the final whistle. Continue reading

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Sporty Spirit on Republica

Beauty and ‘Beast’ of B division

Kudos to Sankata Club and Madhyapur Youth Association (MYA) for entering the top flight of Nepali football by finishing top two in the B Division football league. It´s a sweet revival for Sankata, the team that has a long experience of being in the A Division. For five-year-old MYA, it´s a laudable success, especially, as the team consists mostly of players from its own training program. MYA is also the first team from Bhaktapur district to get a place in the top level of the most popular sports in the country.

It´s sad that Birgunj Youth Academy Club, a team mentored by 49-year-old Ritu Shakya, failed to earn the promotion despite being the only undefeated team in the competition. They were en-route for qualification until their last match in which they were held to a draw by Mahabir Club, allowing MYA an opportunity which it did not miss. MYA was established by former national captain Upendra Man Singh. Continue reading

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