20 April 2009

Stadium propasal for Prachanda

The Prime Minister during the opening ceremony of the 5th Nation Games promised five new stadiums and one new international standard stadium in the coming years to help develop Nepali sports. I think most of us will be shocked if just one stadium is built. Nevertheless, below is my stadium proposal to Prachanda. I feel it is the most practical solution if the government is truly committed to developing sports.

1) Instead of spending Carores on a new international stadium, upgrade Dasarath Rangasala by (a) installing an artificial pitch that can be used year round, (b) increase capacity by adding a second level on the east side of the stadium and by filling in the west-side corners, (c) add more amenities such as extra toilets/urinals (like over 100!), broadcast booth, hospitality areas, etc.

2) Don't waste money on another five stadiums! Instead, build five indoor halls/gymnasiums - one each in the five development regions.

If a stadium is not of international standards - it can pretty much only support two sports: athletics and football. Even then, for athletics, a proper running track is required for top class training. Therefore, it would be much better for the government to spend money on building gyms and covered halls that will be able to accommodate over a dozen sports (Just off the top of my head I can name - Boxing, Taekwondo, Karate, Wushu, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Table Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball, Futsal, Basketball, Handball, Kabbaddi). The indoor facilities would cost perhaps a fraction of a proper stadium. Seeing that Nepal's medals at the Asian Games and SAF Games have primarily come from power sports such as Taekwondo and Karate, it makes much more sense to create infrastructure that promotes those sports.


  1. Our PM always assured to do the things but never implemented that's why he himself saying he is the weakest PM in Nepal. But your idea is far better thinking than making 5 stadiums which our PM cant built even he will be PM for next 10 years......

  2. Before building anything, the government must think about what the objectives are. Is it to increase participation, win more medals, civic pride, etc.

    Because of poor maintenance, Nepali football grounds are usually only good for political rallies.

  3. They really should first renovate Dasarath Rangasala and give it an international look, and then focus on newer stadiums.

  4. From Kathmandu Post -

    Nepali cricketers get raw deal in Kuwait

    Kantipur Report

    KATHMANDU, April 22 - The boys had left for Kuwait on a high to defend The Asian Cricket Council's (ACC) U-19 Elite Cup for the fifth straight time. On the eve of their departure on Monday, coach Roy Dias had said he was banking on his two main spinners Lal Bahadur Adhikari and Sagar Khadka to deliver in the flat pitch of Kuwait.

    Dais will now have to change his game plan as Khadka is ill with fever and missed the practice session as well. Nepal begin their quest to retain the title when they take on Saudi Arabia at the Hubara Ground in Kuwait on Wednesday.

    Injuries apart, Dias is also not happy with the welcome his boys have received so far form the organisers. Having reached a day earlier, all that his team managed to do a day before their match was some stretching and catching practice.

    Even the first practice session was on cemented wickets and the coach was clearly unhappy while talking to The Post from Kuwait, “We must practice on turf as we will be playing in turf throughout the tournament.”

    This isn't the only worry for the coach as he suddenly finds himself in a position where he also has to work on his boys' self confidence as well, as the title holders find themselves discriminated from the organisers.

    Nepali team has been isolated from the rest of the teams and instead of a five-star hotel as per the ACC tournament regulations, the team has been kept in an apartment where there is no room service, laundry and other facilities the rest of the participants are enjoying, so much so that the players are having to wash their own clothes.

    “The problems have made us more determined to win the tournaments,” captain Gyanendra Malla said. “Added to it is the pressure of living up to our reputation. That is why our approach is to take one match at a time.”

    Posted on: 2009-04-21 20:41:43

  5. Yeah thats really really bad impression for Nepalese cricketers and the nation. I would say this is part of racism in sports.

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