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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Gang-fight? No, it’s football

The week´s biggest sports news was nothing sporty. It was a gang-fight inside a football ground between two well-known top flight clubs.

The ugly incident happened in Pokhara during the National Football League on Monday. The intensity of the unruly behavior of the players of Manang Marsyandi Club (MMC) and New Road Team (NRT) was such as referee Sachin Amatya had to expel five players from the match.

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Reaction to disciplinary action

The Disciplinary Committee of the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) last week relegated Gyan Bhairav Club, banned it from playing the remaining matches of B Division National League, and slapped a fine for refusing to play the final six minutes of a match after a scuffle with the referee.

The club cried foul. It said It was neither asked to put forward its case at the committee before the decision was taken nor given any chance to appeal against the decision. It also claimed that the action was a biased decision as the club has broken away from another club, which is chaired by ANFA treasurer.

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Open letter to CAN president

Dear Mr. Angbuhang,

Congratulations for becoming the first elected president of Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN).

This is indeed a great moment for you for at least two reasons. First, you completed the mandate given to you as the interim president of CAN within the stipulated time. Second, despite having no relation with cricket until a few months ago, the people who have devoted their lives in cricket elected you unopposed.

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CAN should ask questions

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) is busy planning for the general assembly and first-ever organizational election in its more than 50 years of history. It will elect a big executive committee full with promises.

I believe the first agenda that the newly-elected committee should take up is the review of the ACC T20 Cup and Nepal´s performance.

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Enjoy the game, accept the results

A sport holds its thrill in two aspects. First, there is sportsmanship and second, despite knowing the skills and potential of teams and players, the results are almost always different.

Sportsmanship is when rules are followed. Players despite putting in their best efforts in every second of their performance, notwithstanding the results, accept the rules and results of the game fairly. If every team starts a brawl after a defeat, the game will hold no value. The fierce enmity on the field for the success is a beloved friendship outside.

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