An under-construction Nepalgunj stadium. (Image: NSC)An under-construction Nepalgunj stadium. (Image: NSC)

5,211 athletes – 1,307 medals: 8th National Games to be held from April 18

The National Sports Council has announced the days for 8th National Games – from April 18 – 24. The decision breaks a series of postponements which had kept participants and organisers at an edge.

A total of 5,211 athletes are competing for 1,307 medals in the eighth National Games taking place at different places of Province 5 from coming April 18. According to RSS, an athlete competing in the individual category would get Rs 15,000 while Rs 7,000 to each athlete competing in the in group category. Similarly, Rs 25,000 would be provided to the players breaking national records in the championship. Six hundred forty team coaches and 461 team managers will be mobilized during the National Games.

Thirty-five different games including football, athletics, boxing, weight lifting, table tennis, cricket, swimming, shooting, volleyball, taekwondo, basketball, paragliding, golf, chess and body building would be held in the National Games. 1,393 national and international referees will be participating in the games.

The games, a national sporting event was earlier scheduled for November, 2018. The event had to be postponed several times owing to delay in infrastructural upgradation. Up until recently, the event which was said to begin from April 8, was postponed for two weeks because the VIP parapet was incomplete. This time however, the Council has assured construction work is ongoing at ‘full speed’ and will not be postponed any further.

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