06 April 2009

Of birdies and bogies

Notice all the golf articles recently in the media. Great job by golf sponsors (notably Surya Nepal) and organizers. As an affluent sport, one would presume the Nepal golf fraternity are quite adept at marketing their sport.

I am a decent follower of golf, but I am not sure what I feel about golf as a sport. I've always considered it more of a skill than a sport. How excited would I feel about a Nepali winning an Asian Games medal in golf or even better winning a prestigious golf tournament? Would it highlight Nepal's sporting prowess? It is hard to answer those questions at this moment, but a famous Nepali golfer would certainly help put Nepal on the map for the right reasons - so that's a good thing.

Edit (April 9) - Just watched a 30 minute feature on Nepali golf on TenSports. It was a great promotion for golf in Nepal and the country as a whole.

4 comments:

  1. Mr. Biplav Gautam,
    I was going through several sports website and I came across your blog. I just want to say that I am very impressed with your work covering sports in Nepal. You seem pretty enthused about Nepali sports and that is a great thing. I currently live in the US but plan to go back to Nepal after my studies are over. I hope to go back to Nepal and start my own business. Later on, I would also like to be a part of Nepalese sports, namely cricket and football. Hope you will keep updating your blog and not give up. As you get more visitors on your page, you might even get advertising dollars from agencies. You might also want to spread your blog among new readers. And finally, keep doing a great job!

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  2. Great to see your enthusiasm. Not sure about Cricket, but Nepali football definitely needs a jolt of people with passion and IDEAS.

    I just started the blog a few weeks back - I trust eventually Nepali sports fans will come across it. In the meantime, I hope you and others will be active in posting your comments.

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  3. Long as the media gives prominence to local sporting events I will be more than happy.In the context of Nepal,sports reporters priorites are some what flawed.For example grass roots level sporting events involving schools, districts and clubs are often ignored by them even if held in their back yard. So are less popular sports like golf, chess,squash,wrestling and many more. The matter of fact is that reporters can become spoke persons for these events through their work and reporting.Sadly that has not happened so far.Reporters should in fact be thinking what they can do for sports rather than what sports can do for them.
    You are right lately the media has intensely focused on golf, which by the way is a very good thing.The media bliz has been possible mainly because of sponsors' effective marketting ploys.Otherwise, beleive me the coverage would have been limited to a few lines.
    Never mind how one perceives the game of golf. Whether one likes it or not it's a sport after all. Not necessarily it has to be a team game like football or basketball or volleyball to be called a real sport.What about shooting,chess, archery and snooker and billards?
    Our success at the highest level of international competitions even it means golf is a matter of national pride.

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